A Better Way to put 春运 in English

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In mass media's lingo, Spring (Festival) Travel means 春运. This translation is far from perfect because it is far from accurate. It sounds a little too much like the name of a travel agency. To a less sophisticated audience, it might even sound like an Expedia commercial. After all, China has recently reopened to the world despite a big-time return of COVID. You bet Beijing is offering us more than a few thrilling tourist attractions. 

Seriously, 春运 is nothing short of a mad dash to one's home town or village while the Spring Festival is around the corner. It is an incredibly big deal for a Mainlander whose family fortune is practically at stake. Still wonder why the rush?

Yup. Rush is the word. 春运 is Spring (Festival) Rush. It is a gold rush in reverse, meaning that folks are rushing cash and valuables back home. 

Home sweet home. 

 

Author: Ren Qiulan 

 

 

 

 

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Spring Rush!En,a good interpretation -妖妖灵- 给 妖妖灵 发送悄悄话 妖妖灵 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 01/23/2023 postreply 21:35:23

Spring Festival Rush might sound more comprehensible to -renqiulan- 给 renqiulan 发送悄悄话 (36 bytes) () 01/24/2023 postreply 11:10:45

Thank you! -renqiulan- 给 renqiulan 发送悄悄话 (0 bytes) () 01/23/2023 postreply 21:52:35

Home run tide -移花接木- 给 移花接木 发送悄悄话 移花接木 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 01/24/2023 postreply 05:30:40

You bet. Thank you! -renqiulan- 给 renqiulan 发送悄悄话 (0 bytes) () 01/24/2023 postreply 05:53:09

Home run, idiomatically, refers to a spectacular success. -renqiulan- 给 renqiulan 发送悄悄话 (0 bytes) () 01/24/2023 postreply 11:06:36

Gee! a chance to show off to fellows&relatives. -移花接木- 给 移花接木 发送悄悄话 移花接木 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 01/24/2023 postreply 11:24:38

So that's how folks earn bragging rights. You too? -renqiulan- 给 renqiulan 发送悄悄话 (0 bytes) () 01/24/2023 postreply 12:35:29

what's brag worth ? -移花接木- 给 移花接木 发送悄悄话 移花接木 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 01/24/2023 postreply 14:38:34

What it all comes down to is one's ego. -renqiulan- 给 renqiulan 发送悄悄话 (0 bytes) () 01/24/2023 postreply 16:04:54

why there is no Christmas Rush in North American? -天边一片白云- 给 天边一片白云 发送悄悄话 天边一片白云 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 01/25/2023 postreply 14:27:12

其实也有。Flight rates r much higher during Christmas in the US -妖妖灵- 给 妖妖灵 发送悄悄话 妖妖灵 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 01/25/2023 postreply 16:01:04

We celebrate Christmas,Hanukkah,Kwanzaa,the Lunar New year.. -renqiulan- 给 renqiulan 发送悄悄话 (0 bytes) () 01/25/2023 postreply 17:49:13

We Americans have our Thanksgiving rush. Thank you! -renqiulan- 给 renqiulan 发送悄悄话 (0 bytes) () 01/25/2023 postreply 17:44:47

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