We all know that today is the start of the Spring Festival / Chinese New Year but it also marks the period of the greatest human migration the world has ever seen.
With the rapid urbanisation of China you have a situation where an enormous number of 1st and 2nd generation urban dwellers still have parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters back in the rural areas. And what happens every Chinese New Year? They all head home to join their families!
This year the estimate is about 385 million people will make the trip, at pretty much the same time, out of the major cities – around 12% up on last year. Total passenger journeys for Chunyun (the Spring Festival travel season) are expected to be around 3 Billion (with a ‘B’!!).