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Spring surprises

2012-01-18 03:42:35 GMT2012-01-18 11:42:35(Beijing Time)  China Daily

Jia Gang, a 35-year-old carpenter who makes high-end furniture for a company in Beijing, had purchased two foot massage machines costing 500 yuan ($80) each, one for his parents, the other for his in-laws. Jia, who usually gets back to his hometown in Linfen, Shanxi province, only once a year, had also bought some clothes for his son. The combined cost of all his gifts was more than 3,000 yuan.

Xu Yonggan had packed more than 40 bottles of baijiu, or white spirit, to give his family back in Anhui province's Huaibei. Too many? Xu did not think so."My family is full of heavy drinkers, and I'm sure they can easily finish these bottles during Spring Festival," he said at Hongqiao Railway Station in Shanghai, as he waited for a train with his wife (left) and two friends. "I'm worried it might not be enough." Carrying dozens of bottles of liquor is also Xu's reason for picking the train as his mode of transport home. "They wouldn't have let me check-in if I flew home," he added.

With his hands full of Spring Festival gifts, a passenger walks toward the security checkpoint at Beijing Railway Station on Sunday.

Yu Ying, 40, brought her mother, brothers and nieces five winter jackets."I don't usually go home for Spring Festival, as I get travel sick," said Yu at Shanghai Railway Station. She and her husband, Shi Rongping, have lived in Changshu, Jiangsu province, for more than 10 years. "Now my 14-year-old son is at junior middle school in my hometown in Jiangxi province, however, I'm going to head home every Chinese New Year."Yu said she spent more than 1,000 yuan ($160) on presents for her family and relatives, including clothes and shoes."I always buy clothes because the patterns and designs here (in Changshu) are more fashionable," she said, pointing to the bright yellow dress she had bought for her niece.

Tian Jiarong, 24, who works for an IT company in Beijing but whose hometown is in Shaoxing, East China's Zhejiang province, had a box full of nuts for his family, which he received from his boss as a bonus.Tian said he had already sent home a handheld shoulder massager costing about 2,000 yuan ($320) as a gift for his parents.

There is a Chinese saying: "No matter rich or poor, get home for Spring Festival." Most people will take gifts for their family members when they return home for the holidays. China Daily reporters An Baijie and Shi Yingying, and photographers Wang Jing, Yong Kai and Gao Erqiang, talked with passengers waiting at Beijing Railway Station, Shanghai Railway Station and Shanghai's Hongqiao Railway Station about what kind of presents they have bought for their families.

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