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Andrea Hsu

May Day! May Day!

Today is May 1 — International Labor Day.

Here are two snapshots from Chengdu on this day, the start of a 3-day national holiday.

Children of migrant workers find ways to amuse themselves in a courtyard outside the rooms their families rent. Andrea Hsu, NPR hide caption

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I spent the afternoon just outside Chengdu's 3rd ring road, in a migrant worker enclave packed with ramshackle buildings, makeshift outdoor kitchens and shared bathrooms. There were lots of children running about, a few teenagers watching television, some old people playing mahjong, but otherwise very few adults. They were at work, on construction sites, in restaurants and hotels, or on the road somewhere.

Crowds gather in Tianfu Square on May 1 to enjoy the spectacular fountain and lights show, which is set to music. Andrea Hsu, NPR hide caption

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I wandered down to Tianfu Square in the heart of Chengdu this evening, just in time for the start of the spectacular fountain and lights show. After a hot and sticky day, the cool spray from the fountains came as a welcome relief.

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