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Chinese Are Celebrating Lunar New Year by Escaping China

  • Young Chinese opting for sightseeing instead of family feasts
  • Airlines adding thousands of flights to Japan, Southeast Asia
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China Gears Up for World's Biggest Human Migration

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Shi Ying won’t be making the traditional pilgrimage back to Shanghai to celebrate the Lunar New Year holiday with her extended family. Instead, they’re all going to Japan for shopping and sightseeing.

That new custom lets her family bypass the mobs, clogged roads and subways, lousy customer services -- and boredom -- that can mark holidays at home. During the past few celebrations, Shi and her relatives left China for Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the U.S.