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The journey home by motorcycle

02-02-2013 22:28 BJT Special Report:2013 Spring Festival |

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With the approach of Spring Festival, China has seen a proliferation in the various forms of transport on its roads, as one sixth of the country’s population head for home. During the world’s biggest travel rush, one particular group of travelers are making their way home by road in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Perhaps the cheapest method of travelling home, the motorcycle is the transport of choice for these migrant workers. The national road in Wuzhou city is only the first leg of their one-day-journey, for some it may even take two days. Yet the cold weather and challenging roads haven’t deterred their zest for the journey back to a long awaited family re-union.

During the world’s biggest travel rush, one particular group of travelers
are making their way home by road in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Yang Laoming, said, "I will arrive home by tomorrow afternoon. It’s my daughter’s first trip home. Her grandmother will be happy to see her. "

And for some it’s a treasured opportunity to be with their loved ones.

Huang Bin, Migrant Worker, said, "I bought a computer and some clothes for my children. I see them once a year. This is the only time. And I want to get back as early as possible to visit my mother."

Spirits are high, yet the journey is tough.

Wei Shaomei, Migrant Worker, said, "We set out at 3 o’clock in the morning. I can’t feel my legs after sitting for so many hours. I could hardly walk when we stopped for a break."

The most important thing is that they get back to their families safely...

Zeng Xiaojin, Migrant Worker, said, "We have to be very careful on the roads because there are so many other vehicles. Safety comes first."

During the world’s biggest travel rush, one particular group of travelers
are making their way home by road in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

To make the journey smooth and safe for these travelers, the Wuzhou authorities have organized groups of volunteers to set up more than 160 rest stops next to gas stations all the way along this route. Travelers can make phone calls, get access to hot water and warm food, and get their motorcycles checked and serviced, all for free.

Tang Jianfeng, Wuzhou Traffic Brigade, said, "People get tired and stiff after being on the motorbikes for so long. This could easily lead to traffic accidents. These stops are being provided to make sure motorcyclists and drivers can take a break along the way. It helps to minimize the possibility of accidents"

According to the local transport department, more than 600,000 motorcycles will pass through Wuzhou during the Spring Festival travel peak. That means this stretch of road will turn into a motorcycling spectacle over the coming week.

During the world’s biggest travel rush, one particular group of travelers
are making their way home by road in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

During the world’s biggest travel rush, one particular group of travelers
are making their way home by road in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Editor:Bai Yang |Source: CCTV.com

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