Around 380 million domestic trips are expected during the week-long holidays, the China National Tourism Bureau said.
The Chinese New Year also known as Spring Festival is celebrated for about a month. The official holiday however lasts for a week.
There is a mad scramble for air, rail and bus tickets. Reports say highways are also clogged with heavy traffic.
Official media accounts say nearly 2.98 billion trips are expected to be made during theChunyun or Spring Festival travel rush, and hundreds of thousands of Chinese, mostly migrant workers, will go home using every means of transport including motorcycles.
After the week, the return rush starts in the same way. Considering the numbers, it is regarded as the world's biggest annual human migration.
This year China bids farewell to the year of Rooster and welcome the year ofthe Dog.
In the Chinese lunar calendar, years are grouped into a 12-year cycle, with each year assigned to an animal symbols, including rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster,dog and pig.
Most of the places all over the country are decorated with buntings featuring dog.
"Chinese people's way of celebrating the festival has changed from a carnival ritual to a more restrained and environmentally friendly manner, due to lifestyle changes and concerns over pollution," Zhang Yiwu, a professor of Chinese literature at Peking University, told state-run Global Times.
The Chinese government is also promoting the festival abroad to spread Chinese culture.
Chinese New Year celebrations will also be held in more than 400 cities in over 130 countries and regions, a government announcement said.
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