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Government call: Stay in Hangzhou for a special Spring Festival

Updated: January 15, 2021 L M S


Construction workers pose for a group photo with a comic specially created for them. [Photo by Huang Xuming/zjol.com.cn]

In response to the national call to minimize the spread of COVID-19 during the Spring Festival, Hangzhou in East China's Zhejiang province has called for migrant workers to remain in the city during the upcoming holiday.

Wassily, a Russian student at the law school of Zhejiang University who has been living in Hangzhou for seven years, plans to do just that. He plans to polish his thesis and celebrate the holiday with Chinese friends. A popular volunteer, Wassily said he will help out in any way he can should the need arise.

Zhang Yi from Northeast China said she plans to spend the holiday thinking about how to improve her musical instrument store and expressed relief about not having to deal with the excessive concern of her relatives back home this year.

Government departments said they would help migrant workers enjoy a lively holiday.


Calligraphers make New Year scrolls for Hangzhou residents. [Photo by Huang Xuming/zjol.com.cn]

Shangcheng district recently initiated a charity event to present family reunion dinner gift boxes to poverty-stricken families, elderly people living alone, and migrant workers.

The West Lake Museum will hold cultural activities featuring traditional New Year pictures and scrolls and woodblock printing during the holiday; tickets for Qiantang River cruises will sold at a 40 percent discount; and the city library will continue its book delivery service that allows residents to reserve books via its official WeChat account and have books delivered directly to their home.

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