Think Our Holiday Season Is Hectic? 100,000 Chinese Stranded At One Train Station

February 3, 2016

By Shelley Hazen, Inquisitr

If you think the holiday travel season is bad in the U.S., China has it much, much worse. On Monday, a small city’s worth of people were stranded at a train station in the southern part of the country, all of them desperate to get home for Chinese New Year celebrations.Website Insert 5000 New Seats copy

To put the chaos in perspective, it’s important to understand that the Chinese New Year is a far, far busier travel season than our Thanksgiving and Christmas gridlock. For 40 days, beginning in late January, millions of Chinese will take three billion individual trips as they go home for the holidays beginning on February 8, BBC News noted. It is, in fact, the greatest human migration on Earth, the Guardian added.

 And it has begun.

On Monday, migrants who work in the factories of the county’s manufacturing heartland around Guangzhou poured into the station, all of them heading to their homes in the country’s rural interior. Many were trying to get ahead of the crowds that usually come with the holiday festivities. According to the South China Morning Post, some arrived two days before their trip, worried they’d miss their train due to long lines.

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