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Migrant workers' kids say goodbye till next year

By HE DAN and SHI YINGYING  (China Daily)

08:35, September 03, 2012

Liu Haoran, 6, plays finger games with his father through the window of a train at the Beijing Railway Station on Wednesday. After a short reunion, the boy has to leave his father, a migrant worker in Beijing, for his hometown in Maanshan, Anhui province, for the new semester. Kuang Linhua / China Daily

Nine-year-old Wang Lin sat in the passageway of a pedestrian bridge at the busy Beijing West Railway Station with his father on Tuesday afternoon, waiting for their train to Xining, Northwest China's Qinghai province.

The boy said he had “a great time” this summer although he spent most of the time in the noodle restaurant where his father works.

Just being with dad was joy itself for Wang Lin, who lives with his mother and elder brother in Qinghai province.

He meets his father, Wang Youde, 40, twice a year.

The father, a noodle chef who managed to save about 2,800 yuan ($441) last month, said he “really spent a fortune” on a pair of skates as a reward for his son’s excellent academic performance. The illiterate father hopes his two sons can go to university.

“This is the most expensive gift I have received but I will share them with my elder brother,” the son said with his eyes fixed on the wrapped shoebox.

The father said he would probably find a job near his hometown after sending his son home.

“My son likes Beijing a lot but it’s a pity that we didn’t have enough time to travel around,” the father said.

He Jiejun, carrying two bags of food and clothes for his daughter, rushed to a platform in the Beijing Railway Station on Wednesday morning but kept looking back at his two young children and asked them to hurry up.

He had to send his 9-year-old daughter, He Zihan, to Zhangjiakou, North China’s Hebei province, before the autumn semester starts.

“I sent my daughter to her grandparents’ home when she turned 2 because my wife and I had to work and had little time to take care of her,” said the 32-year-old auto parts shopkeeper.

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