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February 15, 2011

Chunyun

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Ministry of Tofu reports FHM China has ruffled feathers with its acknowledgement of Chunyun, the Spring Festival Fush of Chinese people heading home to celebrate the lunar new year with their families.

Given the size of Chinese population and the degree to which China’s economic gravitational pull of coastal metropolitan regions has reshaped the population distribution, the scale of the human migration during Chinese New Year is unparalleled in the world. Airfares are prohibitively high to Chinese migrant workers who go from rural to urban areas for job opportunities and to the ordinary working class, therefore, the railway and bus are the major means of transportation. According to the official statistics, the number of passenger journeys during Chunyun, or the Spring Festival Rush, will exceed 2.85 billion.

FHM's read on the event is considered a bit racey, apparently. Liu Jianan has the full spread. There is at least one image I would consider gratuitous as it inexplicably steers the pictorial away from mooncake and into Murder on the Orient (?) Express. Not reading Mandarin or whathaveyou I am unable to make out its intended meaning.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 15, 2011 06:10 AM