Planet China

No place like home

During this time of a year, millions of Chinese make long journeys home to celebrate the advent of the Lunar New Year with their families. Social media has been fascinated this year with one tale involving a male college student who travelled 4,000km from Beijing to Xinjiang – a trip that took two days and involved taking the train, the subway, a bus and a minibus. However, when the man arrived at his final destination he found that his family home was no longer there – it had been demolished, leaving only rubble in its place. It turned out that his family had forgotten to let him know that they’d moved or bothered to give him their new address. This led to a mixture of amazement and ridicule online as some questioned whether they were really his parents. Some referenced a joke by the popular ‘crosstalk’ comedian Guo Degang who had imagined just such a scenario years earlier. “Guo is not just a comedian he is a seer,” wrote one netizen. “I killed myself laughing; your parents are absolutely not your own,” commented another scathingly.



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