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President Hu visits family in Macao

2009-12-19 14:53:03 GMT2009-12-19 22:53:03 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Chinese President Hu Jintao (3rd R) visits local resident Leong Chi Sam's home in Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) in south China on Dec. 19, 2009. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

Chinese President Hu Jintao (4th R) visits local resident Leong Chi Sam's home in Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) in south China on Dec. 19, 2009. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

MACAO, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao, who is in Macao to attend the celebrations marking the 10th anniversary ofthe city's return to the motherland, paid a visit to a local family on Saturday afternoon.

"Today I'm here to be a guest of your family," said Hu as soon as he entered the door and shook hands with Leong Chi Sam, the 64-year-old father of the family.

"Welcome, President Hu!" Leong greeted Hu warmly.

The living and working conditions in Macao have always been a major concern for the president, who also visited a local bus driver's family 5 years ago when he came to attend the 5th anniversary celebrations of Macao's handover.

Leong has a two-room apartment, which looks clean, tidy and cosy.

"How many members in your family?", "What jobs do they have?" and "What changes have your life got since Macao's return to the motherland?" are some of the questions Hu raised when they chatted in the bright living room.

Leong, a native of Macao, has long been engaged in basic education and is now a deputy headmaster of a local primary school.

"Since Macao's return to the motherland 10 yeas ago, life has become much better," Leong told the president.

Leong said that his wife, a former kindergarten teacher, has retired and his two sons had got married. "We are very happy when getting together."

Delighted at hearing this, Hu cited an old Chinese saying "If a family live in harmony, all affairs will prosper."

"As soon as we come to your family, we feel the harmony of your family," said Hu. "Actually, the whole Macao is one big family."

The prosperity and stability rely on the concerted efforts of all Macao residents, He noted, adding that the achievements of Macao's development should also be shared among Macao residents.

Leong's grandson and granddaughter performed a dance and recited a piece of an ancient Chinese classic for Hu, drawing a warm applause from the guests.

When it was time to say goodbye, the grandson and granddaughter presented to Hu a picture drawn by themselves. Hu took it over and praised them.

"I believe your life will get better and better, and so will be the life of all Macao residents," said the president.

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