In Photo: the world’s largest annual migration

BY SILVI WRITER

Nearly 3 billion trips are expected to be made within 40 days in China, as the country of 1.4 billion people kicked off on Jan 21 this year’s annual Spring Festival Travel Rush – the world’s largest annual human migration.

The rush will end on Mar 1.

During this period of time, China’s railway system will see a surge in passengers. Railway trips are expected to hit 413 million in total, up 16.9 percent year-on-year, official data showed.

Rail operators across the country handled an estimated 9 million train trips on the first day of the rush only, according to China Railway Corp.

Up in the sky, some 73 million flights are expected to be made over the holiday period, a year-on-year increase of 12 percent, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

According to the Chinese zodiac calendar, the Year of the Pig starts on Feb 5, and the public holiday associated with it lasts from Feb 4 to 10.

Hundreds of millions of Chinese return to their hometowns each year for family reunions during the Spring Festival holiday.

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