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American experiences joys of New Year in Chinese fishing village

English teacher makes trip back to husband’s home village in Guangdong province for the Spring Festival holiday, news website reports

PUBLISHED : Monday, 06 February, 2017, 12:30pm
UPDATED : Monday, 06 February, 2017, 12:46pm

An American woman has experienced the Lunar New Year holiday in a Chinese fishing village for the first time as the wife of a former villager, according to a news website report.

The woman, identified only by her first name Jessica, has spent the last six years teaching English at a kindergarten in Beijing, Chinanews.com reported. She married her husband Ming Jie last year after they dated for five years.

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She has travelled back to his hometown of Zhanjiang in Guangdong province before to celebrate the Lunar New Year holiday, but this was the first year she made the trip as his wife, according to the article.

Ming’s family live in a small fishing village on an island away from the centre of Zhanjiang.

Jessica got to experience the life of a remote fishing village in China as she and Ming lit firecrackers and helped Ming’s family take care of their livestock over the holiday period, the report said.

Jessica was quoted as saying she was particularly impressed by the fact that the family home was built by Ming’s father and grandfather by hand.

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As a girl from a small town in the Midwest of the US, Jessica said she was not used to eating seafood – the main food supply on the island.

But she said she mostly enjoyed life in the small village, especially watching the sunset with her husband and spending time with his family.