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Foreigners work as flight attendants during travel rush | Updated:2019-01-29

Spring Festival is a traditional holiday celebrated by Chinese people all around the world. Despite flights being more packed than usual, I don't feel tired, said Zhang Wenxiu, who works for China Southern Airlines during the Spring Festival travel rush. 

On Jan 26, the sixth day of the travel rush, the number of passengers flying with China Southern Airlines saw significant growth. However, Malaysian stewards and stewardesses have continued serving passengers with the utmost care and kindness.

Early in 2014, Zhang was the editor of the largest Chinese newspaper in Malaysia, Sin Chew Daily. One day, she published a job ad recruiting flight attendants for China Southern Airlines, and she herself decided to respond to the ad. In January 2015, she came to China for the first time and started training at the headquarters of China Southern Airlines in Guangzhou.


Zhang has served as a stewardess during the Spring Festival travel rush for four consecutive years. [Photo/]

Zhang's grandparents migrated from Shantou, Guangdong to Malaysia in 1929. Her parents like to travel to China and she had heard that China had been developing rapidly in recent years.

"Malaysia is one of the best places to preserve and promote Chinese culture and language overseas," Zhang said, "I love Chinese very much. It is my mother tongue and I don't want to forget how to speak it."

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