Foreigners hired to deliver packages during the Lunar New Year have caused a stir in China. A delivery company in Nanjing, Jiangsu said foreign couriers are filling in for their Chinese staff who have gone home to celebrate the traditional holiday, China News Network reported.

A group of foreign delivery workers in Nanjing. Photo: yicai.com.

The report said that the foreigners were very popular with the locals as some of them even greeted their clients in the local Nanjing dialect.

A woman receives a package from a foreign delivery worker. Photo: yicai.com.

Curious residents took pictures of the foreigners dressed in delivery company uniforms.

A woman receives a package from a foreign worker. Photo: yicai.com.

Netizens also welcomed the arrangement. One user on the Twitter-like Weibo platform asked what she needed to buy in order to have the foreign delivery workers appear at her door.

Foreign delivery worker on a motorcycle. Photo: yicai.com.

The workers, who were hired part-time, went through training and obtained licences to become couriers, China News Network said.

Foreign delivery workers holding Chinese New Year banners. Photo: yicai.com.

Many migrants working in big cities in China return to their hometowns during the Lunar New Year holidays, creating a temporary shortage of workers each year.

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Chantal Yuen

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.