Google China Releases Holiday Mass Migration Map

Thursday, January 31, 2008 19:09
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Since arriving in 2002, I have spent EVERY SINGLE YEAR in China’s large ciities celebrating Chinese New Year.  The first year, I have to be honest, I did not even know it was happening until the day before and as you can imagine the price to get away was a bit out… bjut as time has gone by, I have realized that outside of the constant fireworks, the big cities are a pretty quiet place.

and that is because everyone leaves.

At one point, I began to wonder if anyone had actually studied the yearly migration of Chinese during the holiday to see just what happens from the infrastructural side of things.  After all, you will hear every year of someone’s friend’s secretary that stood for 3 days on their way home… or that someone else’s coworker is having to take the day off to get into a line to buy tickets… etc.

It really is miserable…. and that is before the snow.

so when I saw this google map, I just had to post it (h/t to China Web2.0 Review) becuase it is nor possible to literally see what is going on as people update the map (it is mashable…).

The map aggregates information about weather, latest news on close or resumption of railway and highway transportation. When you click on the icon on the map, it will show related information. It helps people to locate the most important news about a city in a user-friendly way, very useful to them. In the left pane, it also shows important news title about weather and transportation.

Viewable only in Chinese, you will get the point pretty quick.  There are a lot of moving parts, a lot of moving people, and next year this is going to probably be the hottest map in China.

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3 Responses to “Google China Releases Holiday Mass Migration Map”

  1. Chris says:

    February 1st, 2008 at 4:22 am

    The past two years I’ve come to Beijing a week or two before Spring Festival and never had problems getting tickets. Friends would warn me there was no way. And yet this year, like last, I bought a ticket the day I left. Even got a bottom bunk. And there were empties.

    I think you’re right about everyone leaving the big cities. I’m starting to think no one is actually from Beijing, since the vast majority of travelers seem to be going the opposite way. Dalian, too, gets pretty quiet this time of year, probably for similar reasons.

  2. Rich says:

    February 1st, 2008 at 7:21 am

    Hi Chris,

    This is the same for Shanghai too, and my theory is that no one from Beijing or Shanghai moves anywhere unless it is to the other city or to another country.

    That is why the cities are so quiet during spring festival, but heaving with tourists during the other holidays.

    have a good new year
    R

  3. Evan Jerkunica says:

    February 2nd, 2008 at 4:40 am

    Google maps is so amazing. I really hope to leverage the API to make some cash in the next few years.

    There are soo many cool maps…

    Happy new year,
    Evan

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