Lonely Planet Writer

China weather chaos leaves 100k New Year travellers stranded at rail station

Severe delays due to bad weather conditions have left some 100,000 people stranded at Guangzhou Railway Station in southern China.

Rush hour at Guangzhou Railway Station.
Rush hour at Guangzhou Railway Station. Image by Photocapy / CC BY-SA 2.0

Millions of people use China’s public transport networks to return home ahead of Chinese New Year (which this year falls on 8 February) in what has been termed the ‘largest annual human migration on earth’. A bout of icy, wintery weather hit central and southern China over the weekend, causing delays and cancellations. Thousands of people were stranded in the city’s main railway station, which reportedly was only designed for a maximum capacity of 43,000 people. Extra train services were added and police were called to the scene to help maintain order, and crowds had begun to thin by Wednesday morning. Read more: theguardian.com