Lunar New Year 2014: 300M Head Home, Chunyun by the Numbers

January 31 marks the beginning of Lunar New Year 2014, but 300 million people are already heading home for the holidays. It’s Chunyun, an enormous mass migration … — It’s just about that time again. Lunar New Year 2014. Revelers the world over will mark the Year of the Horse come January 31, 2014. And this year’s Chunyun — that’s the Spring Festival travel season that predates Lunar New Year — is enormous. It’ll be the biggest migration on Earth, predicts Scandic Sourcing, which has put together the following Lunar New Year 2014 factoids. The migration begins in the days and weeks just before the holiday festivities kick off …

Image credits: Scandic Sourcing

Would you believe 300 million travelers? Most are heading home, about 1,000 kilometers away.


And these folks travel every which way. Here’s a summary of how Chunyun travelers migrate in their some 3.2 billion journeys.


Happy 4712.


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