I had two major reasons for coming to China, the first was to try and learn the absurdly difficult language and the other was to experience its rich and unique culture. Last February I was given the opportunity to share China’s most iconic festival, Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) with a Chinese family.
A friend was planning to spend the festival with his family and invited me to accompany him on the journey, of course I instantly accepted and we booked our flights that very night.
I was to join over a billion other people in taking part in the largest human migration anywhere in the world. I would witness first hand how China’s immense transportation infrastructure would be pushed to the limit. I expected the worst: delays, hoards of frustrated people trying to make their way home, human traffic jams and complete and utter chaos. To my surprise the trip was fast, efficient and completely painless. We hardly queued at all and when we did it wasn’t for more than 15 minutes. [Read more…]