Snapshots of the Spring Festival rush in Shanghai

Wang Rongjiang Jiang Xiaowei Dong Jun
Starting today, millions of passengers are expected to depart from the city's rail stations and airports during the 40-day travel rush around the upcoming Spring Festival.
Wang Rongjiang Jiang Xiaowei Dong Jun

Starting today, millions of passengers are expected to depart from the city’s rail stations and airports during the 40-day travel rush, known as chunyun, around the upcoming Spring Festival.

The peak is forecast for next Wednesday.

This year’s Spring Festival holiday runs from January 24 to 30.

Shanghai Daily photographers took the opportunity to get out and about to snap pictures of the passengers. 

Snapshots of the Spring Festival rush in Shanghai
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

Volunteers provide hot drinking water for passengers at the railway station square.

Snapshots of the Spring Festival rush in Shanghai
Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

A passenger scans her face for the security check at a pass. 

Snapshots of the Spring Festival rush in Shanghai
Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

“LCD TV inside, no crush please!”

Snapshots of the Spring Festival rush in Shanghai
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

A railway employee takes photos of a passenger with a photo frame, which reads “Although the world is exciting, I still choose to go home for the Spring Festival!”

Snapshots of the Spring Festival rush in Shanghai
Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

A railway employee works on the platform. For many railway staff, Spring Festival rush is the busiest time during the year.  

Snapshots of the Spring Festival rush in Shanghai
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

Using oversized plastic travel bags instead of suitcases, some migrant workers are ready to go back to their hometown in Henan Province. 

Snapshots of the Spring Festival rush in Shanghai
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

A couple say goodbye.

Snapshots of the Spring Festival rush in Shanghai
Dong Jun / SHINE

Passengers enjoy a lion dancing performance at the Pudong airport on the first day of the Spring Festival travel rush. 

Snapshots of the Spring Festival rush in Shanghai
Dong Jun / SHINE

Besides the airport staff, an AI robot also stands by to help passengers at an information desk. 

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