Perfect Storm? China tries to halt the world’s biggest human migration

The Chinese New Year Travel Rush, known as ‘Spring Movement’ (春运 Chunyun), usually begins 15 days ahead of Lunar New Year’s Day and lasts for about 40 days (usually from mid-January to late February).

China’s biggest and longest national holiday is the Spring Festival or Chinese New Year (CNY), and it causes the biggest and longest annual period of transport stress anywhere in the world.

For the second year in a row, China’s largest national holiday is under threat from COVID-19.  

The country is currently battling its worst outbreak of COVID-19 since last summer. Officials have locked down four cities that house roughly 22 million people and carried out mass testing to keep the disease at bay.

With coronavirus cases rising again in China–still a key apparel production hub despite substantial declines in 2020–and the Lunar New Year coming up on Feb. 12, a perfect storm could be brewing for brands and retailers still sourcing there.

Source: NY Times