[QODLink]
In Pictures
In Pictures: China's annual human migration
Some 3.5 billion journeys will be made by people returning from cities to their hometowns to celebrate the new year.
Last updated: 20 Jan 2014 07:01
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

Shanghai, China - Hundreds of millions of people, including migrant workers and students, will crisscross the country to reunite with their families during the Chinese Lunar New Year Festival.

For most of them, it's the only time of the year when they can see their loved ones. Some 3.5 billion journeys will be made in just over a month, exacerbating existing problems with inter-city transport in China.

Travel infrastructure here has been rapidly developing in recent years. The online ticket sale system has been improved, which has eased the queues at stations, but capacity still can't satisfy needs at peak times - often leaving people with only "standing tickets".

In many cases, those who do manage to get on a train must underatke their lengthy journeys sitting and sleeping on the floor.

The situation with air transport is less dramatic, because most migrant workers can't afford a plane ticket to return home. The mass migration, dubbed chunyun in Mandarin, starts two weeks before the official holiday and will last for 40 days.


/Andrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera
Despite improvements in the ticket sales system, people still have to wait hours to get on a train.


/Andrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeeraa
People manage to entertain themselves during their hours long wait.


/Andrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera
Passengers wait to board trains at Hongqiao Railway Station in Shanghai.


/Andrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera
People who work far away from home travel to reunite with their families for Chinese New Year.


/Andrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera
The whole travel period lasts around 40 days.


/Andrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera

The present capacity of the transport system can't fully meet the peak festival demand.



/Andrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera
Tickets are extremely hard to get at train stations, so many people prefer to buy them online.


/Andrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera
During this period, train stations across China will see huge crowds of people.


/Andrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera
Many customers become frustrated because of the long wait and try to jump the line.


/Andrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera

The week-long holiday is the world's biggest annual mass human migration within one country.



/Andrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera

Passengers on a 30-hour train ride from Shanghai to Kunming grab some sleep in the bathroom.



/Andrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera
People lucky enough to get a ticket must make themselves as comfortable as possible on the train, despite the difficulties that poses.



Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
images:
/mritems/images/2014/1/17/2014117113450206615_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/1/17/2014117113450393167_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/1/17/2014117113450753557_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/1/17/201411711345149315_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/1/17/2014117113451221182_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/1/17/2014117113451409173_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/1/17/2014117113451565318_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/1/17/2014117113451706265_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/1/17/2014117113451893579_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/1/17/2014117113452112899_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/1/17/2014117113452378365_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/1/17/2014117113452550289_8.jpg
captions:
Despite improvements in the ticket sales system, people still have to wait hours to get on a train.;*;People manage to entertain themselves during their hours long wait.;*;Passengers wait to board trains at Hongqiao Railway Station in Shanghai.;*;People who work far away from home travel to reunite with their families for Chinese New Year.;*;The whole travel period lasts around 40 days.;*;

The present capacity of the transport system can(***)t fully meet the peak festival demand.

;*;Tickets are extremely hard to get at train stations, so many people prefer to buy them online.;*;During this period, train stations across China will see huge crowds of people.;*;Many customers become frustrated because of the long wait and try to jump the line.;*;

The week-long holiday is the world(***)s biggest annual mass human migration within one country.

;*;

Passengers on a 30-hour train ride from Shanghai to Kunming grab some sleep in the bathroom.

;*;People lucky enough to get a ticket must make themselves as comfortable as possible on the train, despite the difficulties that poses. Daylife ID:
fc3b19c5c6f2a308596526a539633e0f
Photographer:
;*;;*;;*;;*;;*;;*;;*;;*;;*;;*;;*;
Image Source:
Andrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera;*;Andrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeeraa;*;Andrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera;*;Andrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera;*;Andrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera;*;Andrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera;*;Andrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera;*;Andrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera;*;Andrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera;*;Andrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera;*;Andrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera;*;Andrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera
Gallery Source:
Daylife
Daylife Raw Data:
China new year migrationhttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/China_new_year_migrationen-ussupport@newscred.comUntitled Site10Sat, 18 Jan 2014 08:47:48 GMT http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/China_new_year_migration/slideshow/no-caption/daaffa36935855d2b98b851f055004cb

Despite improvements in the ticket sales system, people still have to wait hours to get on a train.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/China_new_year_migration/slideshow/no-caption/daaffa36935855d2b98b851f055004cbAndrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera

Despite improvements in the ticket sales system, people still have to wait hours to get on a train.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/China_new_year_migration/slideshow/no-caption/4724993db98d9c1e72d02f9dbbcc12df

People manage to entertain themselves during their hours long wait.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/China_new_year_migration/slideshow/no-caption/4724993db98d9c1e72d02f9dbbcc12dfAndrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeeraa

People manage to entertain themselves during their hours long wait.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/China_new_year_migration/slideshow/no-caption/a99e5224af41f133c31076513c3579ca

Passengers wait to board trains at Hongqiao Railway Station in Shanghai.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/China_new_year_migration/slideshow/no-caption/a99e5224af41f133c31076513c3579caAndrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera

Passengers wait to board trains at Hongqiao Railway Station in Shanghai.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/China_new_year_migration/slideshow/no-caption/7431afd19a34689d9e3100d2a296f728

People who work far away from home travel to reunite with their families for Chinese New Year.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/China_new_year_migration/slideshow/no-caption/7431afd19a34689d9e3100d2a296f728Andrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera

People who work far away from home travel to reunite with their families for Chinese New Year.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/China_new_year_migration/slideshow/no-caption/260d9b8ed529bcfc086aee33ae5baff3

The whole travel period lasts around 40 days.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/China_new_year_migration/slideshow/no-caption/260d9b8ed529bcfc086aee33ae5baff3Andrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera

The whole travel period lasts around 40 days.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/China_new_year_migration/slideshow/no-caption/a17deda8c839f48e4357649e0b183acc

The present capacity of the transport system can't fully meet the peak festival demand.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/China_new_year_migration/slideshow/no-caption/a17deda8c839f48e4357649e0b183accAndrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera

The present capacity of the transport system can't fully meet the peak festival demand.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/China_new_year_migration/slideshow/no-caption/74deb7e4ba5dfb807123ae6d6b3477ee

Tickets are extremely hard to get at train stations, so many people prefer to buy them online.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/China_new_year_migration/slideshow/no-caption/74deb7e4ba5dfb807123ae6d6b3477eeAndrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera

Tickets are extremely hard to get at train stations, so many people prefer to buy them online.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/China_new_year_migration/slideshow/no-caption/fdc0fbe939199da862bcf5be05fb3943

During this period, train stations across China will see huge crowds of people.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/China_new_year_migration/slideshow/no-caption/fdc0fbe939199da862bcf5be05fb3943Andrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera

During this period, train stations across China will see huge crowds of people.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/China_new_year_migration/slideshow/no-caption/48028858ad5098c17bc0f06e7c6f480c

Many customers become frustrated because of the long wait and try to jump the line.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/China_new_year_migration/slideshow/no-caption/48028858ad5098c17bc0f06e7c6f480cAndrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera

Many customers become frustrated because of the long wait and try to jump the line.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/China_new_year_migration/slideshow/no-caption/3a70bba05dbec6f3f550b86bea64686b

The week long holiday is the world's biggest annual mass human migration within one country.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/China_new_year_migration/slideshow/no-caption/3a70bba05dbec6f3f550b86bea64686bAndrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera

The week long holiday is the world's biggest annual mass human migration within one country.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/China_new_year_migration/slideshow/no-caption/071d7c6ffaeb37982a737bbd75d7a154

Passengers on a 30 hour train ride from Shanghai to Kunming grab some sleep in the bathroom.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/China_new_year_migration/slideshow/no-caption/071d7c6ffaeb37982a737bbd75d7a154Andrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera

Passengers on a 30 hour train ride from Shanghai to Kunming grab some sleep in the bathroom.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/China_new_year_migration/slideshow/no-caption/57a76ae0ce61a6cd1e61bfcf84df1de7

People lucky enough to get a ticket must make themselves as comfortable as possible on the train, despite the difficulties that poses.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/China_new_year_migration/slideshow/no-caption/57a76ae0ce61a6cd1e61bfcf84df1de7Andrey Kovalenko/Al Jazeera

People lucky enough to get a ticket must make themselves as comfortable as possible on the train, despite the difficulties that poses.



Featured on Al Jazeera
Western fighters have streamed into the Middle East to help 'liberate' Arab countries such as Syria and Libya.
The Pakistani government is proposing reform of the nation's madrassas, which are accused of fostering terrorism.
Weaving and handicrafts are being re-taught to a younger generation of Iraqi Kurds, but not without challenges.
The author argues that in the new economy, it's people, not skills or majors, that have lost value.