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Chinese head home in world's biggest annual human migration

A woman walks up the steps decorated ahead of the Chinese New Year festival in Beijing, China, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. The Chinese Lunar New Year is the most important holiday for Chinese and hundreds of millions are expected to return to their hometown to spend the new year with their family and relatives. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

A woman walks up the steps decorated ahead of the Chinese New Year festival in Beijing, China, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. The Chinese Lunar New Year is the most important holiday for Chinese and hundreds of millions are expected to return to their hometown to spend the new year with their family and relatives. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

BEIJING — Hundreds of thousands of Chinese travellers were packing airports, train and bus stations Friday as they headed home for Lunar New Year celebrations.

Officials expect that Chinese travellers will make almost 3 billion trips during the holiday travel rush that starts Friday and runs through Feb. 21. These trips include intercity flights, trains and local bus rides to villages for China's 1.4 billion people.

Each year, it represents the world's largest seasonal migration of people as families reunite for China's most important traditional holiday. Also known as Spring Festival, it falls on Jan. 28 this year.

Travellers lugging large bags were rushing into the Beijing Railway Station on Friday morning to catch trains home.

Su Wenqi, a college student in Beijing, was lining up to catch a train headed to the northeastern city of Harbin. She said she was looking forward to reuniting with family.

"My parents and relatives are back at home and you feel safe at home, so I must go back," Su said. "After a busy year, I really miss them."

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