Chinese on the move

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  1. I just saw a piece on TV talking about the fact there are 180 million people traveling in China this week to get home for their new year's holiday. Wow!!!
     
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    The Chinese New Year aka 'Spring Festival' is the grandest of occasions in China. It is a party that lasts a week and is like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year holidays wrapped into one giant celebration. It is largely a family event so that it is not surprising that what seems like a very large number of people, 180 million, will be traveling to get home. But for some perspective, let's remember that the Chinese population is huge. In 2012 it was estimated to stand at 1,354,040,000 (1.35 Billion!). This means that only about 13% of people in China will be traveling to get home for this grand holiday...
     
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    for comparison:

    http://newsroom.aaa.com/tag/thanksgiving-travel-forecast/

    AAA projects 93.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holidays, an increase of 1.6 percent over the 91.8 million people who traveled last year. This increase brings holiday travel figures to within half a million of the decade high mark seen during the 2006/2007 season. The year-end holiday travel period is defined as Saturday, Dec. 22 to Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.

     
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    For comparison in terms of percent of population, this means that about 30% of Americans are projected to travel during the year-end holidays -- more than twice as in China. If 30% of Chinese traveled during the Spring Festival, it would be equivalent to the movement of a whopping 400+ million people (more than the entire US population would be on the move)!
     
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    The French migration at the beginning and end of August is pretty impressive for the traffic jams it causes on the autoroute.
     
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    That's the lowest number I've seen quoted...it will be upward of 300 million, if not more than 400 million. And they're expected to make close to 3.5 billion passenger journeys on busses, trains, and planes. It's just mind boggling.
    The week around their national day is almost as busy. One good thing though, the major cities are deserted.
     
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  7. Whatever the number videos of the crowds at airport checkin and train stations was awesome.
     
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    I just can't imagine the magnitude of people traveling the same time.
     

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