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For a third year running, China faces a Spring Festival under the cloud of COVID-19

“I MISS MY FAMILY”

With native infections being reported, Beijing is very on edge. In an all-too-familiar message, officers – fearful about transmission dangers – are once more encouraging folks to remain put for the holidays.

“I am mainly worried about not being able to return to Beijing because the Winter Olympics are about to begin and there are other (big) meetings after that, so Beijing may impose stricter restrictions,” mentioned Mr Zhang.

The Winter Games start on Feb 4 and China is to carry its annual legislative session in March.

But Mr Zhang is keen to take a likelihood this time.

“I miss my family,” he mentioned.

“My decisions these two years have been guided by national policy. But we also can make a choice and I think I just have to go back for the new year this year. It doesn’t matter if I don’t get paid for a month or two.”

CELEBRATIONS FROM AFAR

For Christina Zhuang, house is even additional away.

“Actually 2020 was the first time in my life that I didn’t see my parents anywhere over Chinese New Year,” mentioned Ms Zhuang, a Beijing native who has lived in Singapore for the previous six years.

“It really didn’t feel like Chinese New Year anymore.”

This year although, the 38-year-old is one step nearer to a household reunion. Her mom has flown in from Beijing.

The communications skilled mentioned she was trying ahead to visiting Singapore’s Chinatown, adorning the dwelling, and most of all, mum’s selfmade dumplings.

Celebrations along with her father, although, should come from afar. The prospect of spending at the very least 21 days in quarantine was sufficient to place him off becoming a member of his spouse and daughter in Singapore.

China’s COVID-19 numbers have remained comparatively low in comparison with many different international locations, one thing authorities attribute to a “dynamic zero-COVID policy”.

Lockdowns, mass testing and journey restrictions have develop into commonplace. The nation’s worldwide borders have additionally largely remained closed off, with strict quarantine necessities in place.

“It has been a little bit inconvenient, but I guess it’s necessary to exercise a certain level of control,” mentioned Ms Zhuang.  

Still, the mother-of-one is hoping restrictions will probably be eased quickly.

“My son hasn’t been in Beijing since he was one-and-a-half years old,” she mentioned.

“It’s been almost two years. We’d like to take him to see my parents and the extended family again, and to give him a tour of the city where I grew up.”

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