How many of Mylotters work or study far away from your hometown?

China
June 15, 2007 8:59am CST
I work far away from my hometown, 12 hours by train from the capital city of Zhejiang Province. I am unable to go home until summer or winter holidays come. I would like to know how many of you are in the same situation like mine, working away from your hometown.
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@lkbooi (16077)
• Malaysia
30 Jun 07
I had been to China before and I realize that China is a vast country that the distances between cities are normally very great. So it’s not surprising that you work so far away from your hometown. Could you kindly tell me the name of the capital city of Zhejiang Povince? Is it your working place? I’m very lucky that I’m working in a place of about twenty minutes drive from my place.
• China
30 Jun 07
Oh, really? You have been to China. When and where did you come for a visit or business? I work in Anji, a small town which is one hours' ride to Hangzhou City, the capital city of Zhejiang Province. Hangzhou is famous for its beautiful West lake, where thousands of foreigner come for a visit every year. I love Hangzhou very much. Welcome to Hangzhou, China. If next time you will happen to come to Hangzhou, I would be very happy to be your guide to show you around the West Lake and the downtown area. You are lucky to work so close to your home. Thanks for your participation in this topic.
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@lkbooi (16077)
• Malaysia
2 Jul 07
Zhangjiajie Mountain  - Unique huge pillar-liked mountain that I had seen in Zhangjiajie,China.
Yeah, my hubby and I had been to china several times. China is really a vast country that has many places yet to visit. We had visited many places in China. We stayed there for about 3 weeks during each trip. Yeah, Westlake of Hangzhou is really a hot tourist spot with its attractive landscapes. We had been there six years ago and I believe she had changed a lot as time passed by. Any how I still hope she could maintain her natural beauty. We had been to 1. Hebei and Shandong, 2. Shanghai, Suzhou and Huangshan, 3. Guangzhou, Yueyang, Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Naning and Detian waterfalls, 4. Chengdu, Leshan, Dali and Lijiang. The landscape that amazed me most is Zhangjiajie Natural Park in Hunan. It’s really a paradise! Its unique huge pillar-like mountains could rarely be seen in other parts of the country. Here I attach the picture of Zhangjiajie which I had visited in the year of 2002. Thanks for your kindness as to be our guide that we need badly if we could have a chance to visit the long departed Westlake again.
• China
3 Jul 07
It is hard to imagine that you have visited so many places in China with your hubby. And all of those cities are famous for their unique scenic spots. I have to say that the West Lake is the symbol of Hangzhou. Each time I go to Hangzhou I will go and walk along the bank of the lake for some distances to enjoy its beauty and stop for some minutes to watch and listen to some Shaoxin-opera lovers sing songs while they perform. I love Shaoxin Opera as well. Make sure that next time when you come to Hangzhou, keep me informed of your visit so that we have a chance to see each other and have a nice face-to-face talk. Looking forward to your coming, friend.
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• China
15 Jun 07
It is really a hard question to answer. There r now nearly 100,000 MyLotters till now. The specific number needs a lot of work to count.haha I work in Anhui Province.But my hometown is in Zhejiang. I go to my company and home every morning and night. So, maybe I belong to the ones who work far away from hometown. Though there's only half an hour's drive on expressway.
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• China
16 Jun 07
It could be an easy question to answer in spite of so many mylotters in this community. Since it is only half an hour's drive, you can go back home every day or every other day or on weekends. You are lucky, huh? You can see your family a lot. Good for you.
• China
16 Jun 07
Lucky?Maybe yes, maybe no. Both of my parents work in another city of Jiangsu Province. I seldem see them.
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• China
30 Jun 07
Yeah, the world is so small. It is incredible. It will be great if we all can meet one another in the same place.
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@ssh123 (31083)
• India
13 Jul 07
I have my own distribution business office of which is located 25 kms from my residence. I go by my office truck or sometimes use the car. It takes one hour in the morning and one hour and a half in the evening to commute.
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• China
24 Jul 07
So it is a little bit far away from where you live. Anyway it is still very convenient for you because of the car of yours. Good luck in your own distribution business, ssh123.
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@ssh123 (31083)
• India
25 Jul 07
Very good morning and thanks for your kind words. Travelling by car is prohibitively exhorbitant and it eats up 20% of my earnings.
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• China
25 Jul 07
Anyway you are making a good business in your own distribution business. So donating some gas money will enable you to do a better business because you know, sometimes time is money and with your own car you can make good use of the opportunities while a new deal is awaiting you. No pains, no gains. lol
@youless (105504)
• Guangzhou, China
28 Oct 08
I think I am lucky as I studied and work in my hometown. Actually my parent's didn't allow me to go out of Guangzhou to study. Perhaps I am their only one child so that they don't want to see I will live far away from them. I love China
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• China
28 Oct 08
Hello my dear youless. You are so lucky to be able to live and study in a big southern city like Guangzhou. I used to visit Guangzhu and wanted to find a job there. I found one in ZengCheng, a small city belonging to Guangzhou many years ago, but later I gave it up and came to work here in Anji, a small town one hour ride to Hangzhou. If possible and especially if I am lucky enough, I would like to find a job in Guangdong as well for a change as it is much close to my hometown, Ganzhou City. All the best to youless. Take care.
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@youless (105504)
• Guangzhou, China
28 Oct 08
Although I haven't been to Anji, but I have been to Hangzhou. It's a nice place which people are very relaxing and enjoy their lives. I think this is the most important. Sometimes I feel it's a pressure to live in the big city. And obviously people are not as nice as the small places.
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• China
1 Nov 08
Good afternoon, youless. It is true that to work in a big city is somewhat stressful, but you will be able to have more chances for a new job elsewhere once you are trying for a new one, which is not what a small city or town cannot be compared with. Yes? Good day and take care, youless.
@mykmari_08 (2464)
• Philippines
25 Jul 07
That's a pretty far distance you travel, williamjisir. On a personal note, my hometown is in Pangasinan, a province in Northern Luzon which is 5 to 6 hours away from my workplace. My job is here in the National Capital Region or Metropolitan Area in the Philippines. I kinda miss my parents. When I go there, the interval is usually 3 to 5 months. Now, my daughter is in Pangasinan & they are the ones who are taking care of her for the meantime, until such time that we could find a replacement for her previous nanny. So, I go home there more often now. By the way, I just would like to express my great fascination with your country or its culture. I believe in the feng shui principles and try very much to adopt it to our lives. Also, I would like to learn even just one of your languages. I know for a fact that like us here in the Philippines, you also do have several languages (Mandarin, Fukien, Cantonese, etc.), or am I mistaken? Maybe you could teach me some of the Chinese words and phrases for starters like me. God bless & regards.
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@ssh123 (31083)
• India
29 Jul 07
I had heard about feng shui and its importance. Thanks for a detailed note on chinese culture. It is really helped me to enrich my knowledge about china.
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@cheongyc (5072)
• Malaysia
25 Oct 08
The place you work is quite far from your hometown. But I think it's comparatively near within your country, isn't it? I used to study in a place far away from home town too. It's about 8 hours of drive from my hometown. I graduated 8 years ago, and now I am working in a city which is only 1 hour drive from home. Therefore, it shouldn't be a problem to travel home during weekends, during when I was not so busy.
• China
28 Oct 08
Hello cheongyc. It is really far from my hometown, so I cannot go back home very often, but when winter and summer vacations come. Also I can go back to my hometown when we have our long National Day and May Day as we usually have seven days' rest, but not the other days like weekends. It is quite impossible for me to go home at weekends. But thanks to the developed technology, I can often talk to my family on the phone and chatting on QQ or some other chatting softwares as it is cheaper this way for a chat. It is good that you are now working in a city close to your hometown. Good day, friend.
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@cheongyc (5072)
• Malaysia
28 Oct 08
You are right, it's impossible to go back to hometown every weekend since you are working far from there. When I was study far away, I could only go back once every semester. The longest I have away is 6 months from when I was studying. That's why, the place I work now is comparatively very near. I have considered drive here to work on daily basis. But it would be tedious, and I had finally given up the idea. Ya, thanks to the technology today. You can have video chat with skype. The great part is, as long as both ends have a PC and a camera, it's free of charge.
@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
7 Nov 08
Hi william since this i started 1 year ago, i am not sure if you are still working away from your hometown. I am lucky to live near my workplace. it saves a lot of travelling time. so, william are you still working away from home?
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• China
9 Nov 08
Hello mimpi. I am still working in the same place far away from my hometown. I don't think that I will try to find a job back home as I have been used to everything here. But when I get retired, I will surely go home for the rest of my life. Good day and thank you for your response, my dear mimpi.
@Daffodil20 (1754)
• India
7 Nov 08
Our family moved from our hometown and since then I have been living/studying away from my native place.One does long to go back, but you do get to know about the lifestyle and culture of the new place.
• China
7 Nov 08
Hello daffodil. Yeah, it is true indeed that once we start to live and work in a new place, we will have to get to know about the new lifestyle there. Now I have been working and living in this town for eleven years and I have been used to the life and work here. In fact, I am quite content with my life and work here. I think that I will still work here till I get retired and go back to my hometown to spend the rest of my life. Good night.
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@zww425 (80)
• China
3 Nov 08
Hi Williamjisir! I'm from Hangzhou too and my university is in Ningbo. It takes me about half and two hours by train to get to Ningbo. Fortunately I can go home often you see there are many holidays except summer and winter holidays and the traffic is more convient than before!
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• China
4 Nov 08
Hello my dear country-fellow. It is so nice that you can get back home and college so easily as it is not so far between. Lucky you. Good day, friend.
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@Buchi_bulla (8299)
• India
31 Oct 08
My work place is in the same city and I have taken voluntary retirement five years ago. But staying away from the family makes us feel home-sick. My husband was always on transfers and he used to feel home-sick.
• China
1 Nov 08
Hello again, Buchi. It is so nice to work in the hometown without working somewhere else. Yeah, it is true indeed that it makes us feel very homesick working or staying away from somewhere far from the hometown. Quite some of our students are not used to leaving their homes in the school as it is far away from their homes and some girls cry when they miss their parents and family in their first year. But things get improved as time goes on. Good day, friend.
@naseefu (1607)
• India
26 Oct 08
Hi williamjisir, My training and study all was near our place.So i can go home at least in two days. But now i think to some away for the higher study. Thanks for the discussion.
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• China
28 Oct 08
Hello naseeful. It is so nice that your training and study is so close to your home that you can go home very often. Good for you. Take care, friend.
@gradyslady (4054)
• United States
18 Sep 07
I'm stuck in my hometown, not that I really want to leave or anything, but I've been here for 22 years.
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• China
21 Oct 07
Hello gradslady. It is nice for you that you don't have to leave your hometown to find a job somewhere else. It is always the best to work in the hometown as you can see your family and friends a lot, which is the greatest benefit from working in the hometown. Thanks for your response, dear friend.
@orbeltadz (506)
• Baguio, Philippines
6 Jul 07
I lived in a rural area acroos a sea distance from the place where I'm studying.
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• China
6 Jul 07
So it must be very far away from your hometown. It is so nice to live close to the sea. I have long been looking forward to the sea, where blue water can be seen. It has been my dream. Thanks for your response.
@beauty_ph (2751)
• Philippines
6 Jul 07
I really wish to study somewhere far from home. But when we took our board exam I experienced being away for more then 6 months. During the review I had a hard time stuying because of getting home sick. I am afraid my grades might be failures because of homesick if I try to study away from our city. I think I am also more mature now and maybe can manage homesickness.
• China
6 Jul 07
It is very common for someone to be homesick if he studies somewhere far away from his hometown. Many of the students are homesick especially girls and they even cry hard when they miss their parents. I have many students like this. But they get better as time goes by.