China: The Great 2011 Migration

AP Photo/Ng Han Guan

Outside the Beijing Railway Station
Frequently referred to as the largest temporary migration in the world, the mass travel of Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, kicked off this week in China. Over the next few weeks, some 246 million travelers will be coming and going from the nation's big cities to their hometowns.

Get the Latest Photos from
Get TIME photos and pictures of the week delivered directly to your inbox.