Chinese New Year: Heat Map Tracks Earth’s Largest Seasonal Migration

Making total chaos look really rather pretty

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China’s largest search engine, Baidu, has created ‘Baidu Migrate‘ an interactive heat map that offers a nifty visualization of travel during the country’s 40-day spring festival travel rush. The map gleans data from smartphones using Baidu Maps and other location-based platforms, and is updated every eight hours.  The Chinese government predicts  3.6 billion passenger trips this year alone.

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EricYui
EricYui

Taiwan shouldn't be on this map, and you guys should have pointed that out. 

RobertNguyen
RobertNguyen

Working all year long as slaves in labor camps - get to go home for a week with about 850 Y in the pockets and few cheap gifts for parents and siblings - - - what 's a life of citizens for the second biggest economy...

2roylu
2roylu

To Editor,


Would you please correct the title because this is a "Lunar New Year" Holidays in most south-east Asia countries like Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, etc? Please see attached link (http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/01/19/best-wishes-lunar-new-year-president-obama) of President Obama's greeting video to those who celebrate Lunar New Year including Asian American and Pacific Islanders. It is not "Chinese New Year"!


And, Taiwan is not a part of China. I know this is the image from Chinese website, however, please make a note on it to show your professionalism and responsibility as a editor of world wide renowned journal.


Thank you very much.

Shin_yien
Shin_yien

Why bother putting TAIWAN on the map?It doesn't make any sense at all!?

Richard2
Richard2

@2roylu

Countries like Korea, and Vietnam basically adopted the Chinese lunar calendar many centuries ago, because they simply didn't have their own calendar at all. Therefore, the lunar New Year and the Chinese New Year are the same thing, since it was the Chinese that invented this particular lunar calendar in the first place, and was adopted by countries like Korea, and Vietnam.