Lunar new year migration gets underway in China

Carrying luggage and queuing at Beijing’s main railway station, tens of thousands of people in the Chinese capital began heading home on Friday for family reunions to mark the Feb. 8 Lunar New Year.

The annual mass migration this year started on Jan. 24 and will last till March 3, with passenger volumes expected to reach more than 2.91 billion, according to China’s National Development and Reform Commission.

“I think the spring festival is a traditional festival for Chinese people. No matter how busy you normally are outside your home town, at this time, you must go back home to celebrate the festival,” Li Zongze, 21, said.

“It is only once a year, and I think it is a Chinese tradition. I think going back home now is the most exciting moment, when you feel the most homesick.”