China’s spring festival, Chunyun, began earlier this month and people are on the move. Billions of them.
The Chinese government estimates that people will make more than 3 billion trips in China during the 40-day festival marking the Year of the Sheep, which runs into March. Many are traveling to their hometowns for the holiday, to visit family.
Using a smartphone app, the Chinese internet portal Baidu has created a “Heat Map” of its 350 million users’ travels.
“It’s not just the world’s biggest human migration, it’s the biggest mammalian migration,” Baidu spokesman Kaiser Kuo told the Associated Press. “It’s a sight to behold. It’s quite miraculous that nothing goes terribly wrong.”
See some photos from “the world’s biggest human migration” from Reuters photographers, below.
We also looked at some of the Chinese New Year celebrations around the globe on Sunday.