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Chinese New Year is a major traditional holiday in China, as such having the family home for the holidays is extremely important for the elderly, especially today, when their children usually work far away from home and the week-long Spring Festival holiday becomes that one rare chance to see their family reunited. As for married couples, it's custom almost nationwide that married women are expected to stay at with their husband's family to welcome in the new year.

But tradition has encounter a huge challenge as a majority of young people born during the 1980's are only children and must now shoulder all their parents' expectations alone, including heading home for the holidays. Now whenever a major holiday comes around couples find themselves getting split in two as they struggle with trying to be good sons and daughters and good husbands and wives.

According to reports 30 percent of couples end up fighting about where to go during the Spring Festival.

The situation is particularly challenging for couples from different places. Now more and more young people are choosing to settle in the city where they attended college, where they meet and marry people from different regions. Sometimes couple's hometowns can be on complete opposite sides of the country.

Things become even more trying when you factor in the difficulty of getting tickets during the Spring Festival holidays. Usually it is next to impossible for a family to make two short trips across the country, and even if they do manage to book the tickets, things are so crowded and hectic it's likely to make even the calmest of people lose their minds.  

Unable to be in two places at once, some couples are also choosing to get their three families together for the Spring Festival. Some couples, failing to reach a consensus, end up going back to their own hometowns separately for the holiday. Some even avoid the issue altogether by traveling elsewhere during the holidays or just staying home.

Whatever decision a couple reaches, balance is the very thing that they are endeavoring to keep, so as to maintain family harmony.


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