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Great outcome: Millions of Chinese left the big cities to celebrate the New Year

And this happens every year.

Passengers at a train station in Hangzhou Photo by The Guardian
Passengers at a train station in Hangzhou Photo by The Guardian

In the last days of January , the world’s largest annual population migration began in China : several million Chinese left the big cities for a time to celebrate the New Year with their families. The Lunar New Year is the most important holiday for the Chinese, and family reunification is the main feature of the Chinese New Year, and most of the country’s population tries to adhere to this tradition.

In 2019, the holiday fell on February 5th. Signs of his approach, as every year, have become giant queues at airports, and especially at the stations of megalopolises.

On these days, seats on trains going from big cities to small ones and to the countryside are instantly sold out. Some passengers buy tickets without a separate seat – they have to be placed on their own baggage in the aisles.

EPA Photos
EPA Photos

According to the Xinhua News Agency, railway operators announced about 413 million trips in the 2019 holiday season, an increase of 8.3% from a year ago.

Hangzhou East Station Main Hall Getty Images Photo
Hangzhou East Station Main Hall Getty Images Photo
The queue at the paid parking in Nanjing Photo Getty Images
The queue at the paid parking in Nanjing Photo Getty Images
Thousands of people stand in line at Beijing South Station. Photo by AP
Thousands of people stand in line at Beijing South Station. Photo by AP

Metropolitan areas are unusually empty these days and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who wished everyone happiness, health and good luck on behalf of his family, joined the congratulations ., there are far fewer people and cars on the streets. State holidays last seven days. In 2019, two companies from Hangzhou distinguished themselves – they offered their unmarried employees over 30 to rest for an additional eight days to try to arrange their personal lives during this time.

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