Packed Train Stations, Jammed Roads as CNY Travelers Return

By Bridget O'Donnell, February 4, 2017

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While Chinese New Year is over and many people are already back to work (thanks to China's public holiday schedule), Chinese transportation has continued to experience a huge wave of passengers trickling back into major cities.

Train stations have seen a travel peak as travelers return from their Spring Festival journeys back home. According to initial figures, 11.5 million trips were made on Thursday, February 2 alone.

Chinese New Year Travel peak
Suzhou, Jiangsu

Chinese New Year Travel peak
Shenyang, Liaoning

Chinese New Year Travel peak
Hefei, Anhui

Chinese New Year Travel peak
Hongqiao Railway Station, Shanghai

Chinese New Year Travel peak
Fuyang, Anhui

Chinese New Year Travel peak
Shenyang

Chinese New Year Travel peak
Beijing Railway Station

Chinese New Year Travel peak
Tianjin

Chinese New Year Travel peak
Wuhan, Hubei

Chinese New Year Travel peak
Hangzhou, Zhejiang

Chinese New Year Travel peak
Jiujiang, Jiangxi

Chinese New Year Travel peak
Beijing

Chinese New Year Travel peak
Huaibei, Anhui

China's highways have also experienced massive traffic jams as people get ready to go back to work. Just check out this nightmare congestion outside of Shijiazhuang in Hebei province:  

Traffic jam Chinese new year

Traffic jam Chinese new year

Traffic jam Chinese new year

Traffic jam Chinese new year

Traffic jam Chinese new year

Traffic jam Chinese new year

Traffic jam Chinese new year

Traffic jam Chinese new year

And here are some photos from another horrifying traffic jam outside of Beijing earlier this week:

Beijing traffic jam

The Chinese New Year holiday season this year will end on February 11, when the Lantern Festival caps of the 15-day holiday period.

[Images via People's Daily, Netease, Sina]

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