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Holiday travel, population decline

The number of Chinese travelling across the country to spend next week’s Lunar New Year holiday with their families looks set to almost double from last year. Meanwhile, those staying put in the cities have returned to the streets in full force, with subway traffic now back to normal levels.   

Official data have confirmed that China’s population started to decline last year, a decade earlier than the UN had forecast back in 2019. The UN has since revised down its projections but they still look too optimistic. 

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