Tuesday, February 05 08:40:57
The traditional Chinese New Year holiday which is on Feb 10 this year, is the most important holiday in the lunar calendar for Chinese people as millions return home to reunite with their families for the special occasion.
The holiday is also the largest migration of human beings on the planet as millions of people cram on to trains, planes and automobiles to get home for the festival.
However, the journey home is not always as festive and smooth as it should be as 3.41 billion journeys are made during the holiday, including 225 million railway passengers.
The journey home can often be long and fraught with tiredness, tears and tantrums, traffic gridlock and massive queues for rail and bus services.
Businesses are reduced to locally based staff and despite offers to remain to meet important orders, rural based staff are heading home for culturally important family reunions as China celebrates it's most important cultural event of the year.