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Migrant workers' kids say goodbye till next year (2)

By HE DAN and SHI YINGYING  (China Daily)

08:36, September 03, 2012

He and his wife raised their second child, 5-year-old He Zimo, as they realized that the grandparents spoiled their daughter. He said he planned to bring back his daughter next year.

Liu Yongdong, who works for a construction company in Beijing, waved goodbye to his two children and wife who departed for their hometown in Maanshan, East China’s Anhui province, on a train Wednesday morning.

“They stayed about 50 days in Beijing and my daughter refused to talk to me since this morning when she realized she has to go back,” Liu said.

“My work requires high mobility as once a construction project is finished, we have to move somewhere else for a new job. This lifestyle is not good for children,” he said.

In Shanghai, Wu Jinchun, 37, said he just sent both of his daughters home to Anhui’s Fuyang city a week ago after the two-month summer holiday.

“My summer is usually much noisier than other seasons,” smiled Wu Jinchun, the father of three. “But my place is too little for five of us.”

Nestled in a small motor repair shop that faces the overpass, Wu’s home is also his workplace.

“My boy was born in Shanghai, that’s why he stays with us — the tuition for preschool is too much for us though,” he said.

He chose to send his son to a cheaper kindergarten more than 20 km away.

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