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Spring Festival: The Great Migration

With SpringFestival kicking off next week on January 23rd, the annual migration of literally billions of people is set to take place throughout the Asian continent, but especially within China. The traditional week-long holiday, in celebration of the Lunar New Year, is a time of rest and reprieve for Chinese citizens and often sees hundreds of millions of migrant workers fighting crowds to make it home to their families by whatever means necessary, be it by rail, road, water or air. Although China’s transportation infrastructure has improved by leaps and bounds over the last decade, this might be one of the most difficult years yet for those traveling long distances to get home. Typically migrant workers have purchased train tickets and fared several hardships in the process in order to see their families, including waiting in long, exhausting, order-less lines

January 19, 2012 | Rose Disarno