Xiao Wang works in a massive factory in southern China that makes Apple iPods. But lately, he’s been spending most of his time cooking Chinese hot pot feasts with fatty slices of pork carved from a pig’s head.
It’s the Lunar New Year, and the 23-year-old migrant worker is supposed to be home hundreds of kilometers (miles) away celebrating China’s most important holiday, which began Thursday. But snow storms kept him and millions of other workers from traveling.
Many said they were sad to be stranded at their factories, but Wang couldn’t be happier.
“Actually, I would rather be here with my friends. We’re having more fun and there’s much more freedom,” said Wang, as he and three co-workers watched a butcher in an alley market chop up pork, mix it with scallions and toss it into a plastic bag.
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