The Largest Annual Human Migration
I just got back from celebrating Chinese New Year with my extended host family in Shanxi Province. The start of the Spring Festival also starts the largest annual human migration. We had to by train tickets months in advance in order to get a ride straight to my host family's home city. The train stations are packed with virtually no sitting space. Its also slightly terrifying because there are military personal posted with machine guns and riot gear inside and outside of the stations.
Because everyone is traveling back to their hometowns there are very few stores or restaurants open during this time period. This can be a little difficult while you're preparing to leave because everyone is so busy that they don't want to cook but there is no where to go out and eat.
Once we got on the train it was pretty fun. It was my first time taking an overnight train and I really enjoyed it. My host sister and I were across from each other on second level bunk beds. We had a great time eating snacks, reading, and watching movies that she had downloaded on her phone.
Next couple of entries will all be New Years focused as its a pretty long and important holiday. I can't wait to post more. I've also attached a map at the bottom highlighting all of the cities in China that I have visited so far
I had to zoom in really close on Google Maps to get the last city because it is so small