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Shenzhen expats make festival plans
(Shenzhen Daily)
Updated: 2005-02-08 09:29

The Spring Festival is no longer an occasion for only Chinese people but also for Shenzhen expatriates who are planning the coming festival as holidays to remember.

For London girl Debbie Mason, a magazine columnist, her way to spend the Spring Festival seems to be very traditional Chinese.

"Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies and I am fascinated with the delicious Chinese cuisine. I have already learned some dishes and I will use this holiday to improve my cooking skills," she said.

Mason asked her parents to spend the next two weeks in Shenzhen to experience the Spring Festival.

She said she would invite her friends in Hong Kong and Shenzhen to eat at home to test her culinary skills. Visiting ShenzhenĄŻs top eight scenic spots is also on her festival agenda.

"Chinese people like to visit friends or relatives during the Spring Festival, so probably there are fewer travelers at this time. I can travel on my own to find more sources of inspiration for my writing," said Mason.

For expatriates at foreign companies, the seven-day holiday is no doubt the time to relax.

American Peter Simpson plans to bring his family to savor the icy beauty of Harbin.

"In Western countries, more young people are choosing to spend Christmas in new ways like traveling with friends instead of gathering with the family. I think a similar trend has taken off in China and this time IĄŻll follow the trend," he said.

For workaholic expatriates, the Spring Festival holidays just mean more work.

"I am preparing a report, so I will capitalize on the seven-day holiday to do some research and analysis because fewer people will disturb me," said John Kelley.

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