This content is not available in your region

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

Access to the comments Comments
By Euronews  with Reuters
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.

In pictures

People are celebrating all over the world, not just in China.