China-Travel Rush/Backgrounder

China’s Chunyun world's biggest human migration

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Tianjin, China - Recent (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
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1. Various of travelers at train station
2. Various of train moving
3. Travelers at train station

4. Train info screen
5. Various of Yang Bin, train staff, working
6. Various of passengers going through entry
7. Yang working
8. SOUNDBTIE (Chinese) Yang Bin, staff, Tianjin West Railway Station (partially overlaid with shot 9):
"This time of the year, we'll see a big crowd of passengers at the station. Our responsibility as station staff is to ensure the safety of each traveler."
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9. Various of Yang working
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10. Various of travelers at train station

11. Various of graphic showing Chunyun data

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12. Passengers getting in train
13. Various of train
14. Passengers getting in train

15. Train with graphic showing Chunyun data
16. Train leaving station

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17. Various of train moving
18. Aerial shot of train moving

Tianjin, China - Recent (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
19. Various of Yang working
20. SOUNDBTIE (Chinese) Yang Bin, staff, Tianjin West Railway Station (partially overlaid with shot 21):
"I'm doing an ordinary job, but not an easy one. We treat every passenger as a member of our family."
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21. Various of Yang working
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22. Travelers at train station

Storyline


Chunyun, or the Spring Festival travel rush, is the single biggest human migration in the world.

For Yang Bin, a staff with the Tianjin West Railway Station, the job of checking passenger tickets with their identifications leaves little room for error. More than 2,000 tickets go through his hands every day.

"This time of the year, we'll see a big crowd of passengers at the station. Our responsibility as station staff is to ensure the safety of each traveler," he said.

Getting a seat on a train back home is a competitive affair. Some people wait in line for days. And even online, tickets sell fast.

On average, millions of people travel a combined 1.2 billion kilometers on trains, cars, buses and planes during this migration season. That equals the distance from the Earth to Saturn.

The biggest chunks of outbound trips come from the province of Guangdong and the cities of Shanghai and Beijing. And the major destinations are the central provinces of Hunan, Hubei and Henan. When the Spring Festival celebration is over, the flow is reversed.

Fast-developing infrastructure has made this homeward march much quicker for many travelers. The total length of China’s high-speed railway is 25,000 kilometers, more than 60 percent of the global total. China’s first independently-developed bullet train Fuxing boasts a consistent speed of 350 kilometers per hour.

Every year, nearly 400 million trips are accomplished by trains during the new year migration season. That means more than 100 passengers hop onto trains every second for 40 days, non-stop. Speed requires precision.

For station staff like Yang Bin, it is a race against time to get everyone on board.

"I'm doing an ordinary job, but not an easy one. We treat every passenger as a member of our family," said Yang.

He witnesses stories of individuals eager for reunions with their loved ones. He is one of those who have to be busy when others go on holiday to have a good time.


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  • ID : 8073529
  • Published : 2018-02-13 15:28
  • Last Modified : 2018-02-13 16:38:29
  • Location : Tianjin,China
  • Category : society
  • Duration : 1'26
  • Audio Language : Chinese/Narration
  • Source : China Global Television Network (CGTN)
  • Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland
  • Version : 4
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