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Coach stations crowded with people going home on Tet

Update: February, 07/2013 - 00:00

Thousands of people have flocked to coach and train stations in Ha Noi city as they return home to celebrate Lunar New Year (Tet) with their families. Traffic has become increasingly congested and stations have been overloaded during the lead up to Tet.

Although the number of coaches and trains has been increased to serve passengers, many people faced lengthy delays to buy coach and train tickets causing hours of waiting on the station floor surrounded by suitcases. Despite their weariness, the delight of going home for a well-earned break was evident on many faces. The masses were swelled further as they clutched Tet presents as well as new clothes in their luggage.

Tet is the time for students and workers to reunite with their families in the rural areas and this year workers will have 11 day-offs for the holiday before returning to work on February 18.

A motorbike taxi (xe om) takes a woman and her child to the coach station.

 

People sit on the ground with their luggage as they wait for coaches at Hanoi's Southern bus station.

 

Passengers disembark from a bus at the station. Ha Noi has added an extra 300 bus trips to stations in the city.

 

A young couple and their child head for the ticket booth of the station.

 

A woman and her young son wait patiently for their coach.

 

People patrol the station in search of their buses at the Southern bus station.

 

A sea of coaches prepare to depart from the Southern station.

 

Nearly all coaches are packed with people during the busy period.

 

People queue to buy tickets at Hanoi train station.

 

Soldiers congregate at the train station as they prepare to go home.

 

A train from HCM City stops at the Ha Noi train station.

 

A young woman and her child stand near the train's window with smiles on their faces. They will be reunited with their families after a year working far away from home.

 

A train officer helps lift a young girl from the train.

 

Passengers bring their mountains of luggage out onto the platform.

 

Although the man struggles with a heavy suitcase on his shoulder, the happiness of going home is etched onto his face.

 

Many people send apricot trees - a typical flower in the south - to their relatives in Ha Noi.

 

People amass in the waiting area in anticipation of their scheduled trains. VNS Photos Truong Vi

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