This is an older article, but given our recent discussions of migration, I thought it would be beneficial to get a view for the scale of this trend. Chunyun, the spring migration of workers heading home for the holidays, is one of the worlds largest annual human migrations. This migration falls right around the Chinese Lunar New Year and lasts for about 40 days. Not so surprisingly Bejing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen, the major cities in China that host significant portions of the migrant workers, have seen the “biggest departures in the country.”
A massive 2.8 billion trips using public transportation networks are expected to have been made this year. And if we include private vehicles studies predict that
“3.7 billion trips in total will be made during the 40 days, an increase of 100 million trips over last year.”
This makes me wonder how this affects the Chinese Economy. On the one hand these migrant workers will not be working during these forty days, possibly causing some factory problems. On the other hand this might cause a boost in transportations cost and income, be it in either gas prices/income or public transportation costs.
Source, article and images: http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/17/travel/china-spring-migration-chunyun/