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China: billions on the move for the Year of the Monkey

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China: billions on the move for the Year of the Monkey


Tens of thousands of people in Beijing are heading home for family reunions to mark the Lunar New Year on February the 8th.

This year, the annual mass migration started on January the 24th and will last until March the 8th.

An estimated 2.91 billion people will be travelling.

“I miss my wife and child,” says Lou Xianzhen from Shandong Province. “Last time I went home was October. I am looking forward to the visit.”

With economic growth slowing in China, some have more practical reasons for going home.

“I am going to look for a job while I am back home,” said a woman traveller. “If I don’t find one, I will come back. My husband is still there with my children.”

The 40-day travel frenzy surrounding the week-long holiday will last until March the 3rd.

Numbers are expected to be up 3.6 percent on last year.

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