PHOTOS: Guangzhou’s CNY Crowds

By Matthew Bossons, January 28, 2017

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While Chinese New Year is both domestically and internationally famous for emptying metropolises, Guangzhou has seen its fair share of crowds over the past few days.

It’s a bit surprising to be honest, considering the massive number of cars – and train commuters – that fled the city over the past week and a half, but there is no doubt some people have decided to hang around. Or come visit. Or both. 

While social media has been good at spreading photos of empty buses, it has also given us some insight into which Guangzhou attractions have seen the largest crowds. A search on Weibo, Instagram and WeChat was quick to pull up images of busy flower markets and, predictably, shoulder-to-shoulder pedestrian traffic on Beijing Lu.

What follows is a photo roundup of Guangzhou’s Spring Festival crowds:

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Beijing Lu in Yuexiu. 

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Big crowds at the Tianhe Sports Center flower market. 

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There are more people here than at Larry David’s bar mitzvah.

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Clearly word got out about that really good baozi shop in Yuexiu…

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Packed like sardines in a can at Tianhe Sports Center.

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Nothing like a good crowd to welcome the Year of the Rooster.

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Beijing Lu in Yuexiu. 

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The kind of situation were you really don’t want to lose your friends with a dead cellphone. 

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More Beijing Lu madness...

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[Images via Weibo] 

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