As Spring Festival draws closer, all Wang Mingjie can think about is getting back to his family. He dreams of kissing his two young children and handing them their favorite toys. Yet without money, he knows he can't make the dream a reality. Wang is part of China's 290-million-strong rural labor force and his story may be revealing. An annual survey by Beijing authorities shows that China's migrant workers are less inclined to travel long distances for work in big cities.

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