Last week kicked off one of the greatest mass migrations in human history. And it has nothing to do with the global refugee crisis.
Over the next 30 days, it is estimated that Chinese citizens and expats will complete nearly three billion trips by land, sea, and air on pilgrimages to their hometowns to ring in the Chinese New Year.
Chunyun — “The Spring Festival Travel Season” — is as good an opportunity as any to reflect on China’s staggering growth story. Thirty years ago, Chunyun comprised about 100 million travelers. This year, the Chinese Rail Authority is expecting over 390 million train travelers alone. That would be the equivalent of the entire U.S. population — and then some — piling onto Amtrak cars at Christmas time.