Festival reunion thanks to Internet

DR Kang Changjiang, a Chinese man living in Sweden, observed the most memorable Spring Festival in more than 10 years, thanks to the power of the Internet.  

Kang sent festival greetings to his father in China via cameras linked to the Internet on the eve of China's Spring Festival, traditionally the time for a big family reunion dinner.  

“This is the first time in more than 10 years that I have wished my father a happy new year face to face,” said Kang. China's Spring Festival, considered the start of the Lunar New Year, fell on Jan 22.The cameras broadcast live the family reunion dinners on each side: Kang's father, sister and other relatives in Tianjin City and the Kangs in Sweden.  

China's fast growing economy has triggered huge population flow as people seek job opportunities that may lie outside their hometowns. 

All portal websites have established special zones for the Spring Festival. Here people could order flowers and gifts, send electronic New Year cards to relatives and friends or download short messages for mobile phones.  

Telecommunications companies say around 10 billion short messages were sent during the holiday. Some people are using this period to think and share their thoughts with others. One site, named BlogChina, caters particularly to this group of people. 

One popular work on the site was a report on the life of Chinese farmers, written by a couple over three years. – People's Daily  

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