In the first four days of Chunyun, Chinese passengers have already made 324 million road trips. These images circulating the web show people sleeping on the ground of railway stations all over the country while waiting for the train. Most of them are migrant workers and are unable to pay for the hotel.
The Ministry of Transportation estimated that this year, 3.62 billion trips will be made before Chunyun, the 40-day period around Spring Festival, has come to pass, making the 2014 travel season even busier than last year’s.
According to Xinhua:
Most of the trips, about 3.2 billion, are expected to be made by road, including long-distance coaches, charted buses and tour coaches, said Liang Xiao’an, Ministry of Transport spokesman, at the press conference.
Around 258 million train trips are estimated to be made during this year’s Chunyun, which runs from January 16 to February 24.
The 324 million road trips in the first four days of the travel period are a 3.4 percent step up from last year during the same days.
The Spring Festival, or lunar new year, is China’s most important holiday for family reunions. Some people will go to great extents to bring their family members home, like this mother from Guangzhou who purchased the entire front page of a Melbourne newspaper urging her son to come home for the holiday.
The massive amounts of passengers trying to get home put a lot of pressure on the public transportation systems, as well as the people buying tickets. This woman was so happy when she finally secured a train ticket back to her home in Changsha that she got on the floor in the middle of the station and began dancing.
By Isabel Quan
[Images via ifeng.com]