The great Spring Festival train stampede, 2018 edition

Credit: Xian Station and on board high speed train to Zhengzhou. Last week of August and first week Sept. is second busiest travel period in china, second only to Spring Festival/New Year annual return home of Migrant workers. It's the students heading back to school.

The Spring Festival travel season, chunyun (春运 chūnyùn) in Chinese, is under way. About 2.9 billion trips are expected to be made during the travel rush from February 1 to March 12 this year.