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Before her daughter gave birth, the farthest Chen Zhijuan had ever been from her home in Siping, a small city in Northeast China's Jilin province, was Dalian in neighboring Liaoning province, about 585 kilometers away.

The 59-year-old never imagined that one day she would settle in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, thousands of kilometers away in South China. She remembers she was so nervous during the flight - her first time on a plane - that she couldn't let go of the armrest on her seat.

Although Chen has lived in the coastal city for three years, taking care of her granddaughter, she doesn't have any close friends, and still feels like an outsider.

To adapt to her new life, Chen attempted to change many of the habits she'd formed over half a century, but her efforts were fruitless. She's grown . . . . . read more

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