During Spring Festival, many Chinese cities with large migrant populations become empty when these workers return to their hometowns for family reunions.
According to the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport, during this year's Spring Festival, the capital's population was reduced by 8.48 million, which accounts for 39 percent of the city's population at ordinary times.
The empty city phenomenon is a combination of Chinese tradition and modern life in contemporary China. With China's rapid economic growth and urbanization, more and more rural residents go to study, work and live in the big cities. But a majority of Chinese people still keep the Chinese tradition of going back to their hometowns during Spring Festival to have family reunions with their relatives.
Many cities, especially metropolises and those along the coast, have attracted a large number of migrant workers due to their job opportunities. But there is a shortage of workers in the service sector in many big cities during Spring Festival.
The local authorities concerned should implement more active measures to encourage migrant workers to stay in the cities during Spring Festival. It will not only solve the labor shortage problem in big cities, but also help ease the pressure on transportation nationwide during this period.