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3.6 billion trips to be made during Chinese New Year: Chinese officials

Published on Jan 14, 2014 3:49 PM
 
A worker walks among newly-made red lanterns as workers prepare for the sales boom ahead of the Spring Festival at a family workshop in Wenxian county, Henan province on Jan 7, 2014. A total of 3.6 billion trips are expected to be made during the Chinese New Year holiday, officials said Tuesday, as workers head home in the world's largest human migration. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - A total of 3.6 billion trips are expected to be made during the Chinese New Year holiday, officials said Tuesday, as workers head home in the world's largest human migration.

Officials anticipate 200 million more journeys will be made than last year and warn there will be significant strain on the transport system, with some travellers as usual struggling to get a ticket.

The Spring Festival, which falls on Jan 31 this year, is the most important traditional holiday in China and often the only chance in a year for the country's large pool of poorer migrant workers to go home to see their children and parents.

Students also do so, and it is a peak tourism period as travellers take advantage of the holidays.

 
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