Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Mapping 3 Billion Journeys
This week around 2.9 billion trips will be made in China by people travelling to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year with their families. You can see where and when they travel during this year's Spring Festival on this interactive map from Baidu.
Baidu's mobile maps has over 350 million active users and receives over 10 billion location requests every day. This provides Baidu with a unique insight into the movements of the Chinese population over the holiday week.
The chun yun (spring movement) of people is visualized on the Baidu Migration map. If you select individual cities on the map you can view where residents are travelling to and from. The orange lines on the map show people travelling into a city and the yellow lines show people leaving the city.
The map sidebar also shows the top ten cities where the largest numbers of Chinese travelers are moving to and from. You can also select the individual cities from these lists to see where residents are going and where they are coming from.