From our last post about going home for the Spring Festival, it seems that a lot of our readers are curious as for why these long distance home-goers are carrying so many bags despite all the difficulties during the journey. A reporter asked 4 passengers to open their bags to reveal the treasure inside.
(Photo from Sohu.com)
Jan 8th, the first day of 2012 spring transport, a few passengers in Fuzhou Railway Station revealed their luggage.
Basically inside the luggage are:
1) Foods and water for the long journey ahead
2) Clothes and necessities for the holiday at home, including cotton quilt.
3) Gifts and special goods for the Spring Festival
4) Daily necessities that can be used by families
5) Anything they don’t want to throw away.
For many Chinese especially those from rural areas, everything they possess in the cities are paid by their hard-earned money, they have been saving up throughout the year so as to provide as much as possible for their families at hometown. They don’t buy stuff easily unless they absolutely need it, and for what’s already bought, they won’t throw them away easily either. Therefore, the gigantic luggage.
Another reason why many are carrying quilts is, according to an article on Southern Weekend, that home doesn’t have extra quilt for them, and buying new ones just for the few days of stay is not worth the money, so they carry things back and forth with them like a snail.
It’s all about making the most out of their little but hard-earned money. The trouble of carrying heavy and huge bags is minor compared to a lot other hardship in their life.