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Millions in China travel home for holidays

Friday, Jan 24, 2014 - 01:06

Jan. 24 - Millions of migrant workers in China scramble for tickets to travel home to their families for Lunar New Year. Michaela Cabrera reports.

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The long commute home for Lunar New Year begins for millions of migrant workers in China. An estimated 3.6 billion passenger trips are expected to be made across the country, for the 40-day Spring Festival holidays. Tickets are elusive. This woman from Heilongjiang province said his ride home will take 20 hours, and not even on a sleeper car. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 37-YEAR-OLD MIGRANT FROM NORTHEASTERN HEILONGJIANG PROVINCE LI YANXIA SAYING: "I have been working for the whole year, now it is time to go back home and see my children. It was very difficult to buy a ticket. I had to ask many people to help me book one online. In the end, one of my colleagues managed to snap up a seat ticket for me." The movement of people during the holiday period is described as the "biggest annual migration of people". Nearly 260 million people are expected to ride on trains during this time. Despite the exhausting travel, the Lunar New Year is the only opportunity in a year for many migrant workers to see their families.

Millions in China travel home for holidays

Friday, Jan 24, 2014 - 01:06

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