Tomorrow the sun will rise on the Chinese Year of the Rabbit. The furry mammal represents a much gentler mascot in comparison to last year’s tiger. Yet throughout China, the mood leading up to Spring Festival has been anything but relaxing.

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Tomorrow the sun will rise on the Chinese Year of the Rabbit. The furry mammal represents a much gentler mascot in comparison to last year’s tiger. Yet throughout China, the mood leading up to Spring Festival has been anything but relaxing.

By the time the New Year’s rush is over in late February, an estimated 2.85 billion air, train, bus, ferry and highway trips will have been made by about 700 million people. Since mid-January, train and bus stations have been packed with people waiting up to 20 hours just to buy tickets. Official passenger numbers are some 11 per cent higher than in 2010.

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