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The Spring Festival Sporting Event- you have seen nothing like this

Spring Festival(春节), China’s New Year, is the most important festival for the Chinese. For thousands of years, the Chinese have observed the tradition that no matter where they are, they have to go back home to their family during the Spring Festival. As China’s rapidly and unevenly growing economy takes more and more people to jobs in big cities away from home, the annual migration for the Spring Festival celebration became the biggest transportation event of the year for the Chinese, causing much pain and hustle.

For many Chinese, the Spring Festival is bitter sweet. They get to go home, which for many, happens only once every year. But, what pain they have to go through just for that! Photo:weibo.com

Most people choose train as their way of transportation, which is the most convenient and economical way, if not the fastest. Yet for years, the Chinese railway struggles to cope with the sudden surge of passengers even though every year it was treated in the same way as if fighting to win a battle. In 2013, with the operation of CRH (China Railway High-speed), everybody is hoping the situation could be assuaged. However, it doesn’t seem to be happening. Just read the story below:

Chunyun (春运), literally Spring Transportation, is the Chinese name for the Spring Festival Travel Season. This year, the Weibo users gave it a brand-new definition: the Spring Festival Sporting Event, since ‘yun’ could mean both “transportation” and “sports”.


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