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Chinese Spring Festival migration begins


Published on Jan 9, 2012

Earth's largest annual human migration gets underway, with 3.2 billion trips expected...

People across China have begun travelling home for the annual Spring Festival. The 40-day holiday period, which this year runs from 8 January to 16 February, is expected to see 3.16 billion trips taken by road, rail, air or water, making it the largest annual human migration on Earth. This year's total will mark a 9.1% year-on-year rise, according to China’s National Development & Reform Commission (NDRC).

An incredible 2.8 billion road journeys are expected to be taken over the 40-day period - 9.5% more than last year - and Chinese authorities have issued safety warnings. Xinhua reported the country’s Ministry of Public Security as saying that highway patrols and inspections will be undertaken nationwide to ensure safety. Travellers have also been warned of poor weather conditions, including snow and fog, in several provinces.

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