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Migrant workers who stay at work during Sring Festival


02-07-2016 15:20 BJT

Full coverage: 2016 Spring Festival

Spring festival is a time of family reunions, especially for those migrant workers who are thousands of miles away from their hometowns. But this year, many of them are staying at work, to provide services and keep cities running smoothly.

This is the busiest season for delivery man Chen Liu and his colleagues. They work at a distribution point of an online store in Shanghai. And they're busy around the clock as orders have skyrocketed for the Spring festival.

"I usually deliver about 60 orders a day. It's over 100 orders this season. We have to work overtime sometimes," Chen said.

Chen has served this neighborhood for more than 5 years, and he's become an indispensable part of many residents' lives.

"This delivery man has worked in my neighborhood for a long time. His service is very good. I always order heavy items, such as bottled water. And he has made my life so much easier," sid Ms. Chen, Shanghai resident.

Chen comes from Anhui Province, and he's chosen to stay and work during holiday, as the business is still open.

"I feel like I have a connection with my customers now, as we are getting to know each other gradually. If I go home, they won't be able to receive their orders in time. This is true," Chen Liu said.

He sent his wife and son back to make it up to his parents.

"Spring festival is a big deal for Chinese families. Of course my parents want to see me. I don't mind earning less if I go home. But I've chosen to work in the service sector. My customers and company need me," he said.

Many Chinese cities rely heavily on migrant workers' services. Thanks to Chen and those who stay at work, cities continue to function, making life more convenient for residents during the holiday.
Spring festival is a time of family gathering. But for Chen and those who can't go home and celebrate this year, home is always in their heart, no matter the distance.

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