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China gears up for New Year

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China is gearing up for the peak travel period of the world's largest annual human migration as the Spring Festival national holidays draws near. 

Travellers prepare to board a train at a railway station in Beijing, on January 23, 2014

Hundreds of millions of migrant workers will return home to their backwater towns and rural villages before the Lunar New Year, which falls this year on January 31.

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