In pictures: millions of Chinese workers return to work after New Year celebrations

As the Lunar new Year holiday winds down, so begins the return phase of chunyun - or spring exodus, the roughly 40 day period involving the greatest human migration on earth, when hundreds of millions of Chinese people make their back to their places of employment.

PUBLISHED : Monday, 06 February, 2017, 12:33pm
UPDATED : Monday, 06 February, 2017, 12:33pm

A total of 51.99 million passengers travelled by train during the season of chunyun - coming home to visit relatives before heading back to their places of work.