China’s New Year getaway begins as millions head home

18th February, 2015 10:29:29 printer

China’s New Year getaway begins as millions head home

An estimated three billion passenger trips will be made during the new year rush

Hundreds of millions of people in China are making their annual journey home to celebrate the Lunar New Year, in what is considered the world’s biggest annual human migration.

About three billion passenger trips will be made over the 40-day travel period, reported Xinhua news agency.
China celebrates with an extended public holiday known as Golden Week that officially ends on 24 February.
But many people continue to travel before and after the holiday.
Also known as the Spring Festival, it kicks off with a large meal, known as the reunion dinner, on Wednesday, New Year’s Eve.
Families are then expected to visit relatives’ homes.
The festival is also celebrated in other places with ethnic Chinese populations, such as Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.
The Lunar New Year is celebrated in Vietnam, where it is called Tet, and South Korea where it is known as Seollal.

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