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Migrants Workers Motorcycle Home In Snow For Spring Festival

Migrant workers returning to their hometowns in motorcycle groups.
Migrant workers returning to their hometowns in motorcycle groups.
A large motorcycle-riding Chun Yun contingent heading back to their hometowns braving the heavy snows. They wear thick clothing covered with raincoats, wind-deflecting helmets on their heads, their legs and knees wrapped, braving the rain and snow on the long and arduous ride back to their Jiangxi hometowns, becoming a special sight on the roads during Chun Yun.
A large motorcycle-riding Chun Yun contingent heading back to their hometowns braving the heavy snows. They wear thick clothing covered with raincoats, wind-deflecting helmets on their heads, their legs and knees wrapped, braving the rain and snow on the long and arduous ride back to their Jiangxi hometowns, becoming a special sight on the roads during Chun Yun.

From NetEase:

Migrant workers return home in groups riding motorcycles

January 19th, one after another, armies of motorcycle-riding migrant workers returning to their hometowns during the Chun Yun [Spring Festival Rush] pass through Jinhua in Zhejiang province on their way into Jiangxi province. They wear thick clothing covered with raincoats, wind-deflecting helmets on their heads, their legs and knees wrapped, braving the rain and snow on the long and arduous ride back to their hometowns, becoming a special sight on the roads during Chun Yun.

Migrant workers returning to their hometowns in motorcycle groups.
Migrant workers returning to their hometowns in motorcycle groups.
Anti-cold measures, armed to the teeth.
Anti-cold measures, armed to the teeth.
A break during the journey, they seize the moment to warm themselves by a fire.
A break during the journey, they seize the moment to warm themselves by a fire.
To protect against the rain, snow, and cold, plastic too becomes travel equipment.
To protect against the rain, snow, and cold, plastic too becomes travel equipment.
Many going home are couples riding together.
Many going home are couples riding together.
Many of their legs have become so cold as to become numb, making it difficult to get on the motorcycles.
Many of their legs have become so cold as to become numb, making it difficult to get on the motorcycles.
A husband and wife riding a motorcycle speed by.
A husband and wife riding a motorcycle speed by.
After resting, preparing to head back out onto the road.
After resting, preparing to head back out onto the road.
A contingent of doubled-up motorcycles.
A contingent of doubled-up motorcycles.
This distinctive Chun Yun contingent of doubled-up motorcycles or solo riders come from Yiwu, Taizhou, Wenzhou and other places, pass through Jinhua and Quzhou on their way towards their hometowns in Jiangxi.
This distinctive Chun Yun contingent of doubled-up motorcycles or solo riders come from Yiwu, Taizhou, Wenzhou and other places, pass through Jinhua and Quzhou on their way towards their hometowns in Jiangxi.

From NetEase:

网易广东省佛山市网友:

Drive slowly, safety first!

网易河南省信阳市网友:

I rode a motorcycle to go home for [Lunar] new year’s last year, bringing along my wife. I rode 4 days from Fujian to get home.
The weather is very cold but we couldn’t get train tickets so what choice did we have? Taking long-distance buses/cars and changing buses/cars would’ve cost a lot of money.
I spent over 160 kuai on gas, and the food along the journey totaled less than 300 kuai. If we had taken long-distance buses/cars, this would’ve cost us over 1000.
I have children and elderly in my family.
These fellow workers, I truly can empathize with them.
Don’t drive too fast, safety first, have a smooth journey!

网易浙江省温州市网友: (responding to above)

Be careful, be safe!

网易广东省深圳市网友:

Don’t get into any accidents at all costs, or else they are going to forbid/prohibit it, because no leaders [government officials] ride motorcycles to go home [for Spring Festival].

网易山东省潍坊市寿光市网友 [美狗联盟]:

Once again we see people returning to their hometowns.
What we don’t see this time are the police escorts from last year.
Tears, hardship, sadness.
The warm perseverance in the cold.

网易辽宁省沈阳市网友 [flashrock]:

The grass root ordinary common people of 8% GDP [growth].

网易广东省深圳市龙岗区网友: (responding to above)

Second in the world for GDP, [I] really want to know how the world’s 3rd largest GDP country’s citizens get home for the new year [holidays].

网易北京市海淀区手机网友 [xiaopeng9518]: (responding to flashrock)

Slandering our achievement, 2010’s GDP was 10%!

网易福建省手机网友: (responding to above)

Who cares if it was 8% or 10%, the fact is that that the lives of the Heavenly Kingdom’s ordinary people are hard. When the contributors to this [GDP] achievement are living this kind of life, I feel everything else is passing clouds.

网易山西省运城市网友[bjfgljg]:

They all deserve it!!! Not building up their own hometowns and insisting on building up those of others, these migrant workers deserve it, the lowly cunts.

网易广西手机网友:

Tomorrow I too will be getting on a motorcycle to journey home and even though it will only be a trivial 90 kilometers, I too can understand that hardship and determination. Have a smooth journey!

网易吉林省长春市网友:

Just when will the difficulty of getting train tickets be resolved, [government] leaders!?

网易四川省广元市网友: (responding to 网易河南省信阳市网友)

The tickets were all bought by those with guanxi [connections], and those without guanxi are left to find their own way.

网易山西省手机网友:

The Asian Games had transportation subsidies, but why none for the Chun Yun? The key reason is because there are no foreigners, right?

网易河北省石家庄市手机网友:

Didn’t CCTV say going home [for the Chinese New Year holiday] is very easy?

网易广东省深圳市网友:

I too am someone who has left my hometown to work, but fortunately this year for Chinese New Year my parents are here with me and I don’t need to worry about how to get home. Seeing this news makes me sad. I hope they will have a smooth journey and can spend the new year with their families.

网易广东省网友:

[This is] all forced by this society [country’s circumstances]. Harmonious relatively well-off society, letting the people live a dignified life, all lies!
Brother Tao [Hu Jintao]: Do you see this? This is the country under your leadership, is it possible to be harmonious [like this]?!

网易广东省手机网友:

From Kaipin to Nanning is 574 kilometers, and in the five years since I’ve been to Kaipin, I haven’t gone home for Spring Festival once, [because] round trip costs one month’s salary which is too heartbreaking. [I] always choose Qingming Festival to go home and pay my respects.

There are thousands of comments. Most of them wish the migrant workers a smooth journey and remind them to travel safely.

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