A recent official survey shows that many Chinese are not willing to go home for the Chinese New Year. Among 1000 questioned by China Youth Daily, 41.1% considered themselves to be “those who dare not return to their parents’ home” for the Chinese New Year. The reasons include the expenditures for gifts (70%), the heavy traffic (38.2%), the fear of being asked why they have not married (37.2%), exchanging debts of gratitude (36.6%), and endless parties and dinners (26.1%). 69.4% do not want to go home because they were unable to show themselves off as successful and rich men or women in front of their parents, relatives, and friends.
Source: China Review News, January 18, 2011