It’s time for the Spring Festival, also celebrated as the Lunar New Year. Mostly in China, the mad rush begins. This is probably the biggest festival that touches the life of virtually every Chinese in China and Taiwan. Outside China, the Chinese diaspora in South East Asia also celebrates this festivity. For first and second Chinese descendents in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Philippines, the traditions of the Lunar New Year are largely being observed. Later generations are less empathic to these traditions that they no longer share in their adopted foreign land. Many have assimilated into the country of birth, leaving such customary memories strange and vague.
In China, a mass movement of gigantic proportion is taking place. China’s Ministry of Transport projected 2.8 billion trips to be taken over the season by the 1.4 billion people. This is a 3.4 percent growth from last year. China has over 12,000 kilometers of passenger-dedicated high-speed rail in operation today, 8,427 kilometers of which were added in recent years. Even with the improved transportation in China, the sheer concentration of people movement over a short period imposes tremendous strain on the infrastructure.
The following graphics paint a mind-boggling view of the massive people movement occurring in China. You wouldn’t want to be there this moment.
That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon thesea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;