China’s massive Lunar New Year travel rush: where are they going and how?
Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhengzhou and Hangzhou top the travel destinations this year with almost 3 billion trips expected to be made across China.
What is chunyun?
Chunyun refers to the 40-day period of mass migration as Chinese people travel home for a family reunion during the Lunar New Year holiday, also known as the Spring Festival.
The term is thought to have first been used in state media by the People’s Daily in the 1980s, but it is now a formal term adopted by the National Development and Reform Commission when it coordinates with the Ministry of Transport and the Civil Aviation Administration each year to announce the number of people expected to travel during the holiday rush.