Starting two days ago - travel for "Chunyun" the world's largest annual festival

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  • fulltimestudent

    Chunyun - the Spring Festival (or, the Chinese New Year festival) is coming soon. And all over China and the Chinese diaspora people are excited as they prepare for this festival. 

    As prosperity has spread through China, more and more people can now afford to travel. For most, that means a family re-union somewhere. The Chinese Ministry of Transport has to arrange for lots of extra trains and planes during the 40 day festival period that started this year on February 4. The ministry calculates that Chinese people will make nearly three billion journeys during the chunyun holidays

    Railway stations will look like this station in Shizjiazhuang, capital of Henan province:

    If you do not know much about this festival, an explanation can be found here:

  • fulltimestudent

    Maybe these videos will convey the sense of excitement and celebration that Chinese people experience at Chunyun:

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  • fulltimestudent

    Across the widespread Chinese world, some cultural changes can be seen.

    In Singapore a boy band performs their version of a Chunyun song:

  • zeb
    sun yee fat choi!
  • fulltimestudent

    Thank you Zeb!

    I see that you seem to be a Cantonese speaker, but I try to learn Mandarin ... so

  • OrphanCrow

    Happy New Year!!!!!

    Don't forget - it is unlucky to wash your hair on the first day of the New Year. 

    Good luck and prosperity in the year ahead.

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