China's Massive Spring Festival Travel Forecast: 3.6 Billion Passenger Trips

Travel chaos in China during last year's Lunar New Year Photograph by ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images

Once again China is gearing up for the world’s biggest migration of people, the gargantuan transportation surge that comes every year during the 40-day Chinese New Year holiday period. This year, the Chunyun— literally, “Spring Festival Transport”—begins Jan. 16. The most important night for the masses of travelers will fall on the last day of the month, when Chinese gather with their families to celebrate, eat jiaozi, and light firecrackers.

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