In the time surrounding Spring Festival, the world’s largest annual human migration, over 3.2 billion passengers are expected to take trips. One photographer from a local newspaper in Zhuzhou City, Hunan province asked riders to showcase the items they valued enough to lug along with them on their journeys around he country.
Here’s some of the portraits of passengers and the stories they told (via huangqiu.com).
Name: Xiang Huazhen
Total item weight: about 40kg
Xiang and her husband work in Zhuzhou, Hunan, and their 23-year-old child is working in Guangzhou. They are going back home to Zhangjiajie, Hunan together. They said that there are no particularly special items among their belongings, mostly just tools and clothes.Their two pairs of matching couples’ shoes are probably the most expensive items.
Name: Liao Guozheng
Total item weight: about 15kg
Luo is a boss of a leather company and is going back to Zhangjiajie. Besides some clothes, his suitcase holds 12 brand-new leather bags. He said these are for relatives and friends. “I’m in the leather business, I will just give these bags to them instead of money,” he explained.
Total item weight: about 10kg
Wu goes to school in Nanchang, Jiangsu and he’s going back to his hometown, Zhuzhou, to celebrate Chinese New Year. His girlfriend knitted him that red scarf. He also packed some honorary certificates, such as an “Outstanding Student” award that he received in 2013. He said that those two items were the most valuable in his bags.
Name: Luo Xuan
Total item weight: 25 kg
Twenty-three-year-old Luo said her luggage items included her husband, milk powder and a lovely child, her most prized harvest from 2013.
Name: Jia Guangming
Total item weight: 20 kg
College graduate Jia is heading to Yiyan, Hunan. The luggage items he carries home with him are countless. He loves football and basketball, so there are loads of sport shoes. He said he only packed a few and still needs a few more trips. There are 17 pairs of shoes and some clothes. People near him waiting for the bus were stunned at the sight, but he just laughed.
Name: Deng Liuliu
Total item weight: 60.5 kg
Deng and her boyfriend have been dating for 1,016 days, and this is the first time she’ll visit his parents. Therefore, the parcels contain some everyday items and gifts to the family, such as alcohol and tobacco for her boyfriend’s father.
Total items weight: 25 kg
XiaoBin’s parents got divorced and he hasn’t seen his mom in four years. He’s from Inner Mongolia but goes to school in Tianjin. He came to Zhuzhou to accompany his mom. Nice clothing, a pair of shoes, a computer and a gift for his mom have all been packed in his suitcase.
By Isabel Quan