“With or without money, go home for Spring Festival” seems to be the prevailing sentim
ent that drives millions of Chinese to head home ahead of the most important holiday for family reunions.
Meanwhile, some others, mostly from China’s booming services sector, choose to stick to their po
sts during the week-long holidays to serve other people, a scenario that offers a glimpse of China’s hardwo
rking grass-roots workers, who have been a major driving force of the country’s economic growth.
Dou Liguo is a delivery man who has been living in Beijing for over 20 years. The
43-year-old man told the Global Times Friday night that he will not return to his hom
etown – Siping in Northeast China’s Jilin Province – this year and will spend this traditional festival without his parents.
“Some of my co-workers are back home, but I chose to
work through the holidays because someone needs to keep our delivery service functioning,” he said.
Among migrant workers who are not going hom
e for family reunions, many of them work in the services sector as delivery persons, cleaners and salesmen.