Migrant Workers Forced to Head Home for the Holidays on Motocycles
As the Chinese New Year approaches, literally billions of Chinese are returning home for the holidays. This annual spring migration is considered the largest of all human migrations, with the number of travelers expected to reach 2.5 billion this year.
So important is this homeward journey, migrant workers let little stand in their way. Public transportation for them is often too costly or too hard to get, so an estimated 130,000 will bear the harsh weather, the long distances, the frostbite, and the numbness of their legs to return home via motorcycle.
Zhu Jianguo, a commentator from Shenzhen who was interviewed by Radio Free Asia, said that railway tickets are hard to get because of corruption in the railway sector. Specifically, tickets are often resold for profit.
For example, at the time of the first wave of holiday travelers, a train from Shenzhen to Hankov was said to be sold out. In fact, the occupancy was only 8 percent.
According to the Chinese Ministry of Railways, a real-name system is in place to stop the reselling of train tickets. Each passenger must present an ID for both purchasing and boarding. However, this policy has not seemed to work as police have not stopped people from reselling tickets for profit.
With the approach of the spring holidays, railroad and long-distance bus stations are packed with travelers. At the same time, 130,000 motorcyclists have been seen on a State Road in Guangdong Province. Most are migrant workers stationed in Guangzhou, Foshan and Dongguan. They are on long distance journeys to their hometowns in provinces such as Guangxi, Guizhou, Hunan, and Sichuan.
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