Looking across this sea of anxious faces, it's easy to forget this is a holiday. Knotted brows frame weary eyes in a crowd as deep as a football field, all of them waiting to catch a train out of Beijing.
The mass exodus from China's cities is the roaring crescendo leading up to Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival as it's known in the country. On paper the holiday can be equated to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's rolled into one but, on the ground, the holiday unfolds on an entirely different scale.
Click here to read the entire article by Matt Sheehan about our 39 hour journey over the entire China.