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The Chinese Lunar New Year —the Great Rush Home(九年级阅读)  

2014-02-13 18:37:47|  分类: 九年级阅读 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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春运———一年一度的中国式大迁徙,一年一度的中国式大团圆。

       Every year,towards the end ofJanuary,China celebrates theLunar New Year.The celebration brings with it one of the most interesting human phenomena—the largest annual human migration in the world.Like salmon(大马哈鱼)returning to their spawning ground (产卵场),Chinese people from all over the country and the world return to their families for this important traditional festival.

The Chinese Lunar New Year —the Great Rush Home(九年级阅读) - 称子英语 - 孙广趁教育教学工作室

 
  Many foreigners living in China soon become aware of the problems of travelling around China during this period.Even the smallest journey becomes an onerous(麻烦的)task that has to be thought about early in order to book tickets during this busy time.Try and get last minute tickets,even to the next town,and you will probably be disappointed.That means for the foreigner who wants to travel during this period,and especially English teachers,like myself that get a long winter break,we have to be organized and book our travel itineraries (旅行计划)weeks,if not months,in advance.
  The“Family”in China is the most important part of an individual’s life.The responsibilities to the family trump any individual interests that person may have.Thus the “sacrifice”of travelling thousands of miles on crowded transport is a minor irritation when it comes to an act of filial duty such as returning home for the Lunar NewYear.
  For many Westerners this rush back towards families and hometowns might seem somewhat strange.In the West,the ties to our families and our roots have been weakened by industrialization and the needs of capitalismto have a mobile and flexible workforce.The extended family was once the social norm in the West.These were large family groups who lived together in the same location.They looked after each other providing emotional and financial support.But with the rise of industrialization the family was split into what is called the“nuclear”family.This unit of mother,father and two children was more flexible and mobile for the search for work and for the needs of the industrial employers.So as people moved for work the ties between the family weakened.Further social policies by governments in the1980s and90s broke these already weakened social bonds.
  Now a“family get together”in England might mean visiting for a Sunday lunch if the family live close enough.Or visiting for a few days over the Christmas period.But for most of us we look on enviously as by hook or by crook Chinese people make the great trip home for the Lunar NewYear festivities with their loving families.

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