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When The World’s Biggest Movement of Humanity Meets Storm

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This link is the Hong Kong TVB news (01/30/2008), the situation of Guangzhou Railway Station.


Passengers, stranded in the Guangzhou Railway Station, wait below a viaduct outside the station on January 29, 2008 in Guangzhou of Guangdong Province, China. PHOTO BY CHINA PHOTOS/GETTY IMAGES

On 01/30/2008, there are more than 800,000 people are trapt in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province which attracts most migrant workers in China. Two or three days ago, before the administration decides to locate these people in different places, there were up to 500,000 people in the area of Guangzhou Railway Station.  Most of them are stranded in rainy outside for 5-6 days. All these people have one dream: Getting on the trains to go home.

Every year before the Chinese Spring Festival, on mainland of China, the world’s biggest movement of humanity performs. Many migrant workers in a few eastern and southern provinces in China, would go homes which are mainly in the north, west and middle of China for Spring Festival. Spring Festival holiday is the only time for these workers to stay with families in a year.

This year, a record 178.6 million people, more than the population of Russia — were expected to travel by train for the holiday, according to railway officials’ estimates.( from AP) Unfortunately, this year, souther China is stroke by the most serious snow storm in the last one hundred years. The chaos in southern China continues more than 1 week, the situation will not change better in 2 or 3 days cause the weather will not turn to better.

Written by J. Lai

January 31, 2008 at 8:44 am