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Chinese President Hu spends first day of Lunar New Year with ordinary people

2009-01-27 00:28:23 GMT2009-01-27 08:28:23 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) shakes hands with police officer Qiu Eguo at the Kuaizixiang Police Station in Nanchang, capital of east China's Jiangxi Province, Jan. 26, 2009. Chinese President Hu Jintao visited railway staff members, China Mobile branch workers and police officers on duty and ordinary people in Nanchang Jan. 26, the first day of the Spring Festival, or Chinese traditional lunar New Year, to extend his festival greetings. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)

Chinese President Hu Jintao (Front) talks with a seller to check whether travelers have difficulties in buying tickets at the Nanchang Railway Station in Nanchang, capital of east China's Jiangxi Province, Jan. 26, 2009. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R Front) shakes hands and talks with a passenger at the Nanchang Railway Station in Nanchang, capital of east China's Jiangxi Province, Jan. 26, 2009. Chinese President Hu Jintao visited railway staff members, China Mobile branch workers and police officers on duty and ordinary people in Nanchang Jan. 26, the first day of the Spring Festival, or Chinese traditional lunar New Year, to extend his festival greetings. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)

Chinese President Hu Jintao (2nd R Front) talks with a worker (L Front) at the call center of the Jiangxi branch of China Mobile in Nanchang, capital of east China's Jiangxi Province, Jan. 26, 2009. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R Front) shakes hands with a staff member of the Nanchang Railway Station in Nanchang, capital of east China's Jiangxi Province, Jan. 26, 2009. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)

NANCHANG, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao for the 6th consecutive year spent the Spring Festival, an major occasion for family reunions, with ordinary people, instead of his own family.

He visited railway staff and police officers on duty and ordinary people in eastern Jiangxi Province Monday, the first day of the Lunar New Year, to extend festival greetings.

At the Nanchang Railway Station Monday morning, Hu talked with passengers and ticket sales staff to check whether travelers had difficulty in buying tickets.

Spring Festival, or the Chinese Lunar New Year, falls on Jan. 26 this year. It is the biggest family reunions time, which also means a travel rush as millions of people move around to join with their families.

"You've been working hard. I hope you can think of more ways to help more passengers get tickets," the president told a sales clerk in the ticketing hall.

In the railway command center and on the platform, Hu inquired about passenger flow and transport schedule, expecting to see that railway authorities work out efficient transport scheduling, improve service and ensure safety as transport pressure remains serious after the festival.

With the fact that the cell phone subscribers exceed 600 million in China and there is soaring business volume in the festival period, Hu went to the Jiangxi provincial branch of the China Mobile to inspect the company's operation, service and management.

He was happy to learn that the company's call center also offers job information for migrant workers and answers inquiries from local farmers.

Expressing his New Year greetings to the company staff on duty, Hu said that "people cannot do without mobile phones in their work and daily life, the service center should improve service and contribute more to local economic and social development."

Jiangxi Guohong Group Co., Ltd. is an industrialized agricultural production base, helping farmers plant fruits and vegetables, raise pigs and process farming and sideline products.

Seeing the farm produces on display, Hu said that the central government has strengthened policies and measures favorable to farmers amid the current severe economic situation as large numbers of migrant workers are returning home from coastal provinces.

On the other hand, rural enterprises should take advantage of their role in the countryside and help more farmers increase income, the president said.

At the Kuaizixiang police station in the provincial capital of Nanchang, Hu said the station has been a model among the country's public security departments and the police officers have been approved by local people with their responsible and conscientious work. In particular, the police forces from Jiangxi had been outstanding in the earthquake relief efforts in Sichuan Province last May.

Hu, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the visit in the company of Su Rong, secretary of the Jiangxi Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and Governor Wu Xinxiong. He also listened to the work reports made by the provincial officials.

Commending the economic and social achievements in the province, Hu urged local officials to share both happiness and woes with the people, enhance their awareness of responsibility with good work performance, show a pioneering spirit to overcome difficulties, and stay away from illegal personal interests and temptations.

It was the sixth year in a row that Hu spent the holiday for family reunions outside Beijing with ordinary citizens.

On this year's Lunar New Year's eve, Hu visited a famous revolutionary base Jinggangshan, a city in Jiangxi Province, and Premier Wen Jiabao was on his seventh visit to the worst-hit areas in the May 12 earthquake.

Wen even cooked a dish of Hui Guo Rou (Sauted sliced pork with pepper) for a quake-hit household in a makeshift house in Yingxiu Town, the epicenter of the quake.

Last year, Hu went to Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Wen visited Jiangxi Province. Both regions had been heavily hit by the worst winter storm in five decades.

Hu spent the previous festivals in Hubei, Guizhou, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces, and Wen in Henan, Shandong and Liaoning provinces.

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