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A 50-Hour Journey Home for Chinese New Year

World Journal, Posted: Jan 22, 2009

GUANGZHOU Each year it is a nightmare for migrant workers in China to travel home for the Chinese New Year. The World Journal reports that the Chinese government has learned from last years snowstorm and subsequent riots at train stations. This year, there are no longer crowds of 500,000 people packed together at the Gurangzhou train station waiting to leave the city. However, its still not easy for people to get tickets. Some businessmen scalp the tickets for higher prices. Gao, a migrant worker, took two boxes of instant noodles, crackers and water with him to the station, fully prepared for his journey home. It will take him at least 50 hours to travel home, standing all the way, because his ticket doesnt guarantee him a seat.

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