Cold Weather Hinders Chinese New Year Travelers

The massive annual Spring Festival migration is underway in China, and is off to a rough start, MSNBC reports:

Snow and freezing rain at airports in China’s eastern cities of Hangzhou and southwestern region of Chongqing stranded hundreds of travelers this week, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Thursday.

Heavy snow and ice hit the regions of eastern, central and southwestern China this week, slowing traffic, delaying flights and shutting off power, the report said. In the southern region of Yunnan, snow and ice shut down power stations in eight cities.

About 230 million people are expected to travel during the Lunar New Year holiday season. The official travel season began this week and ends Feb. 27, with the Lunar New Year falling on Feb. 3.

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