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接力回家 (jiē lì huí jiā )

Travelers who cannot get a direct train ticket from the city they live in to their hometown during the Spring Festival travel peak and so must return home by a series of connected journeys. These trips tend to be more expensive and time-consuming than a direct journey.[......]

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接力回家(jiēlì huíjiā)Back-home relay

It means that people take a sequence of transfer trains to go back home rather than taking one single train. A straight line between two points is the shortest, but in the journey home, a curved relay between different trains may save you more time. Earlier this month, the story of a young man who bought seven railway tickets passing eight places from Shanghai to Xining, Gansu Province, went viral on the Internet.[......]

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