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The biggest human migration on earth - Chinese Chūnyùn

The biggest human migration on earth - Chinese Chūnyùn

“你买到票了吗?(Nǐ mǎi dào piào le ma?) Have you got a ticket yet?”, for the next two months, you will hear this question a lot in Chinese people’s conversation, as spring festival is coming near, everybody is trying to get a ticket to get home and celebrate the most important festival of the year with their families. But this is why it`s more challenging than any other time due to the huge amount of people who are traveling during this time.

Known as the world's largest cyclical transport peak, we have a name for this special human migration:“ 春运“(Chūnyùn), Chūn is short for Chūnjié(spring festival) and yùn is short for yùnshū (transportation). This largest human migration happens in China every year during this time, the number of people traveling has reached 3 billion 700 million in 2015, which is like all the people in Africa, Europe, America, and Australia moving house for once in the same month, and the number is growing every year.

Everyone who has experienced Chūnyùn knows how difficult it is to get a ticket, and how crowded the stations are, but no matter how hard it is to get home, you can see the happiness in people’s face and the longing to go home and be with their families.

Chūnyùn this year will begin from 21st JAN 2019 to 1st MAR 2019. If you are planing to travel during this time, make sure you book the train ticket in advance. The earliest you can book the ticket online is one month before departure time, and you can book it on the official website 12306.com or APPs like C-trip or Feizhu etc.  

Some vocabulary about Chūnyùn

  1. 抢票 qiǎng piào:fight for the ticket/manage to get a ticket
  2. 预售时间yù shòu shí jiān:pre-sale time
  3. 售完shòu wán:sold out
  4. 赶火车gǎn huǒ chē:to catch the train
  5. 拥挤yōng jǐ:crowded
  6. 取票qǔ piào:collect the ticket
  7. 过安检guò ān jiǎn:to pass security check
  8. 检票jiǎn piào:ticket checking
  9. 座位号zuò wèi hào:seat number
  10. 行李xíng lǐ:luggage
  11. 到站dào zhàn:arrive at a train station
  12. Have you experienced Chinese Chūnyùn? What was it like? Leave a comment below and tell us about it.

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