hat most wonderful time of the year is here once again as millions upon millions of people journey home to spend the Chinese New Year holiday with their families in what will become the largest migration in human history.
This year, the annual Spring Festival travel rush, known as chunyun (春运), officially kicked off on January 21st and will continue on until March 1st. During that time 2.99 billion trips are expected to be taken, 0.6 percent more than last year.
Broken down that means, 2.46 billion trips by road, 413 million by train, 73 million by air, and 43 million by boat, according to China’s state-run media.
The first day of the Chinese New Year is February 5th and people across China will get February 4th to 10th off from work (though they’ll have to make up for that by working on Saturday and Sunday). Over the next two weeks, expect to see more and more people heading for the train station as China gradually slips down through the circles of travel hell.