Chunyun(春(chūn)运(yùn)), the annual transportation peak season for Chinese people return their respective hometown to spend Spring Festival(春(chūn)节(jié), Chinese New Year) for family reunion, is officially launched in Jan. 19th .
If you are not a Chinese who really experience the period for long distance transportation, you couldn’t imagine the heightened traffic load and related “Unforgettable Journey”.
I browsed a piece of news today and give a link here.
Three major groups, students who go to university outside their hometown, migrant workers who leave their countryside to seek jobs in cities, and those who already have steady career in major cities but back to their hometowns for big family reunions, account for the biggest part of the peak period.
I also belong to one member of Spring Festival Peak Season, so I have to book train ticket from Hangzhou to my hometown Guiyang. You may wonder why I didn’t book flight ticket. Because it is nearly impossible to get any discounted ticket during this season, I’d like to take hard-sleeper train and then I can save money to distribute the gift money (压(yā)岁(suì)钱(qián)) to kids in my family as a traditional Red Envelope(红(hóng)包(bāo)) Ritual.
Every year when Spring festival approach, complicated emotion occurred, which mixed with the joy to return home, the hardship of long distance journey, and the interesting and unexpected situations to encounter different people and stories.
I found it surprisingly that the character 囧(jiǒng) is indexed in Wikipedia. Last year, a Chinese movie called 人(rén)在(zài)囧(jiǒng)途(tú) (story about spring festival peak between a successful business man and a migrant worker) became a hot spot, Jiong is used to express the annoyance but with funny effect. I can’t help laughing when I watched it with my friends. The angle of this movie specially expresses the humor of Chinese with the exaggeration of the traffic load. After watching it you may realize why we don’t suggest clients to plan China travel during this season.
Luckily I just have to transfer from city to city with one ticket and without extra rush. But there’re still many people have to change bus, train or flight. Sincerely hope they will suffer less.