(Yicai Global) Feb. 3 - The population in Beijing decreased around 8.48 million during the Chinese New Year holiday, according to local government information. Many 'migrant workers' left to visit their homes, and contributed to the outflow.
Roughly 39 percent of Beijing's resident population of 21.7 million left the city for the holiday, the Beijing Municipal Public Traffic Committee said yesterday in published estimates based on traffic data collected from railways, airlines, interprovincial highways, motorways and national highways.
Highway traffic remained stable throughout the Chinese New Year holiday after a significant proportion of the residents left Beijing, it said.
Spring Festival is traditionally a time for family reunion in China. It is the time when 'migrant workers' return to their hometowns. Such workers, from other parts of China, make up a relatively large part of Beijing's population, and the city becomes less crowded over holiday breaks when they return to their homes.