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China's Luna New Year holiday migration begins

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 00:52

Millions of Chinese people in Beijing join the world's largest annual mass migration to travel back home for family reunions ahead of the Lunar New Year.

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(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Tens of thousands of people joined the world's largest human migration and left China's capital by train on Monday (January 23), making their way home for family reunions during the Lunar New Year holidays. The 40-day travel frenzy surrounding the week-long Lunar New Year began on January 13, and will last until February 21. During this period, the estimated total volume of people is expected to be almost three billion, up 2.2 percent from the previous year, according to China's Transport Ministry. State broadcaster CCTV reported that about 9.2 million train journeys were expected to be made across the country on Monday alone. Many people working in Beijing use the national holiday, also known as the "Spring Festival", to go back home despite the trip being an exhausting feat. "Every year it's crowded like this, and (I) have got used to it. It's not bad to be crowded during the spring festival, but of course I still have to get back home," said Liu Jinfeng, 22, heading back to his hometown of northern Heilongjiang province. "Travelling back home during the spring festival is always like this. I'm fine with it as long as I can get a ticket," said Yang Xiaohui, 55, from central Henan province. Festivities in China this year will get underway on February 27, the eve of the Year of the Rooster.

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China's Luna New Year holiday migration begins

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 00:52