The great China getaway: World’s largest human migration begins as Chinese flock home for Lunar New Year
Photo: Imaginechina
Photo: Imaginechina

Hundreds of millions of mainland Chinese are now embarking on the world’s largest annual human migration, squeezing in up to 2.8 billion trips to visit friends and family.

Planes, trains, automobiles, even motorcycles - whatever the transport option, it’s bursting at the seams. Hundreds of millions of mainland Chinese are now embarking on the world’s largest annual human migration, squeezing in up to 2.8 billion trips to visit friends and family over the Lunar New Year holiday. Official government figures predict 2.4 billion road, 295 million rail and 47.5 plane journeys will be taken over the 40- day travel rush between February 4 and March 16. Here, photographers from Xinhua, Reuters and ImagineChina capture the action as eager travellers queue, jostle, laugh, sleep and sing their way home.

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