Man dreams of Bei­jing’s sights

China Daily (Canada) - - HOLIDAY - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­jie@chi­

Courier said he is happy to see fam­ily wel­come the new year

Ma Qinghui, 41, had to stay in Bei­jing dur­ing Spring Fes­ti­val after he failed to get a ticket to his home­town in Tonghua, North­east China’s Jilin prov­ince.

“It is al­ways dif­fi­cult to buy a ticket dur­ing the Spring Fes­ti­val travel peak when hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple com­mute from where they work to their home­towns,” he said.

An ex­press de­liv­ery man in Bei­jing for al­most 10 years, Ma said he planned to go back to his home­town dur­ing the Lan­tern Fes­ti­val, which falls 15 days after the Spring Fes­ti­val.

He has al­ready bought some gifts for his fam­ily— somede­li­cious meat for his 17-year-old daugh­ter and some nice clothes for his wife and par­ents.

“I did not buy any­thing for my­self,” he said. “As a man, I am happy enough to see my en­joy­ing the fes­ti­val.”

After stay­ing with his fam­i­ly­mem­bers for about five days, he will leave them again for Bei­jing — as he has done re­peat­edly in the past decade.

The econ­omy is the only rea­son to ex­plain his ab­sence — by work­ing more than 10 hours a day with­out a week­end break, he could earn about 8,000 yuan ($1,150) per month — al­most four times the av­er­age in­come in his home­town.

Al­though there is hardly any en­ter­tain­ment in his Bei­jing life, Ma said he en­joys the cap­i­tal city, where fam­ily he can have a promis­ing in­come to raise his fam­ily hun­dreds of kilo­me­ters away.

Ma said his dream is to travel to scenic spots in Bei­jing, in­clud­ing the For­bid­den City, the Sum­mer Palace and the Tem­ple ofHeaven, where he has never been be­cause of his busy job.

“I have to be re­spon­si­ble for my work as well asmy clients since they are al­ways wait­ing ea­gerly for the things they have bought on­line,” he said, adding that the­boomin e-commerce in re­cent years has made him much busier.


Ma Qinghui con­tacts a cus­tomer in Bei­jing’s Chaoyang district.

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