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Expats enjoy Spring Festival in Xiamen

Updated: Feb 9, 2022 chinadaily.com.cn Print
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Xiamen, a modern and international city in East China's Fujian province, has attracted many foreigners to start businesses, work and live in the area. Some of them are even lucky enough to find their partners and settle down in the charming coastal city.

With Chinese New Year just around the corner, most expats have decided to stay in Xiamen to spend the holiday.

Jan Laegaard Broni, Danish, 58 years old, vice-president of Meyra Netti Group and general manager of Alu Rehab (Xiamen) Co, is staying in Xiamen to spend the holiday.

Jan Laegaard Broni shows his collections. [Photo/xmnn.cn]

"This piece of lacquer thread sculpture featuring a dragon and a phoenix is a tailored souvenir for employees who have served in my company for 10 years and over," said Broni.

He explained that compared with cash rewards, the characteristic local handicraft is more meaningful and can be preserved forever.

There are more Chinese handicrafts in his living room such as a dragon-shaped ornament, a Chinese vase, and Chinese tea cups. Broni's wife, Dai Dongxue, said that her husband is crazy about Chinese culture.

"I'm enchanted with Chinese culture, especially those customs during Spring Festival, such as making dumplings with family members," Broni said, adding that they still observe the tradition of hiding coins in the dumplings. They will also invite their foreign friends to have dinner during the festival.

Broni acquired a permanent residence permit in 2020. In his view, Xiamen has a boundless sea and green lands, which make him relax and feel at home.

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