With less than a week to go before Chinese New Year, the whole populace is scurrying to find a way back home for the holidays. And even despite the fact that our nation’s train network is developing at a positively nauseating speed, scores of people still miss out on train seats. But no worries, we’re a resourceful people and in what could be the new trend for 2011, many people are choosing to moto it home.
These pictures here show Guangdong police playing escort to the 100,000 or so riders that are making the long trip home from Zhaoqing, Guangdong–they’ve even set up rest stops along the way. The Zhaoqing traffic police have a total of 23 rest areas along number 321 national highway leading out west to Sichuan. Each rest area is supplied with hot water, instant noodles, bread and repair services and licensed riders (we’re wondering if that cuts out a good number of motorcyclists) can receive two packs of instant noodles. The police record around 10,000 riders each day at rest stops and take riders up to the Guangdong border. After that, the motorists zip off on their own.
We wonder if any of these guys can make such good time as the (in all probability, fictional) Moto Mama?
Update: A Youku video of the moto masses has gotten over a million views in last two days: