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Chinese Cross the Ocean to spend the New Year with their kids

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Seizing the opportunity of having the winter holiday, I decided to go pay a visit to my wonderful daughter in Montreal, Quebec.


On my flight to Montreal, I was surprised to discover the plane was filled with Chinese individuals and families.


Bearing in mind the fact that winter is unsuitable season to visit Canada, I began to wonder about the reasons that would prompt my fellow Chinese passengers to venture into the freezing cold of my homeland.

Beijing an inquisitive writer geared me to take the necessary steps to find out the answers that could satisfy my curious mind.


After several talks with those who possessed the capacity to communicate in English, I discovered that they did not care about the freezing cold that is common in the North parts of Canada when I asked them about their reasons that would prompt them to visit Canada during the winter season.


They mentioned that the prospect of seeing and spending the Chinese New Year their kids, parents or relatives helped them to overcome any apprehension or reservation about their journey.


Some families, who have kids studying in Canada, emphasized the fact that they would do anything to avoid falling victims to guilt for letting their children, who are pursuing their dreams, spend that precious time of the year feeling lonely.


With pride, they mentioned the obstacles that their children have to face in a foreign country in order to secure a prosperous future. They wished for nothing but to bring the family atmosphere and the spirit of the Chinese New Year to their kids even if it is for a few days.


Others stated that their busy careers kept them from seeing their relatives for many years and believed that it was about time to go see them especially during the Spring Festival.


Some who fantasized about visiting Canada seized the opportunity of having low airfares during the winter to realize their dreams of exploring the second largest country in the world.


Numerous Chinese were going to the USA through Vancouver to visit their children who are advancing their studies there. They were motivated by the lower rates of the winter season that are offered by Air Canada.

Their incentives were to spend the joyful Chinese New Year with their children.    


It was very clear that most of the Chinese with whom I had a conversation that they willing to cross the ocean and stand the freezing climate to bring the exhilarating spirit of the Chinese New Year to their kids and relatives overseas.

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)




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