Lunar New Year Travel resumes in China post-zero-COVID policies
BEIJING (AP) — Millions of Chinese are taking advantage of the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions to make an emotional journey back to their families for the Lunar New Year holidays. Some are traveling for the first time in three years. Referred to in China as the Spring Festival, it may be the only time of the year when urban workers return to their hometowns. The Chinese government expects over 2.1 billion journeys to be made during a 40-day travel period around New Year’s Day, which falls on Sunday. In December, China abruptly dropped near-daily coronavirus testing and QR code monitoring of residents after public frustration boiled over into protests. This month, it dropped most remaining restrictions, including the demand that overseas travelers must go into lengthy and expensive quarantine.
Original story by The Associated Press / Edited for The Columbia Missourian
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January 18, 2023