GUARDIANS OF THE LIGHT

China Daily European Weekly - - Big Picture - Huadeng, huadeng. huadeng huadeng huadeng - ZHANG LEI

The also known as “China’s first lamps”, have be­come the sym­bol of Bei­jing’s Tian’an­men Square. They were in­stalled just be­fore the 10th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China and have been there for 60 years.

Chang’an Street is now brightly lit and this is thanks to the lamps. Ev­ery year from the end of May to Septem­ber, the main­te­nance team en­sures that the lamps are in good work­ing or­der. With the help of a fourth-gen­er­a­tion Chi­nese lamp in­spec­tion ve­hi­cle, it takes about half an hour for them to over­haul a In or­der not to hin­der the move­ment of peak-hour traf­fic, the team’s work­ing hours are be­tween 10 am and 4 pm.

Dur­ing this time there is nowhere to hide from the scorch­ing sun.

The in­spec­tion ve­hi­cles have been de­signed and de­vel­oped by the team’s light­ing cen­ter.

The lat­est ve­hi­cle, equipped with a hy­draulic de­vice, has a spa­cious work plat­form . The av­er­age age of the team mem­bers is 27.

The team has so far de­vel­oped 18 light­ing tech­nolo­gies that have been patented.

PHO­TOS BY WANG JING / CHINA DAILY

In or­der to speed up the work, the team mem­bers only have 10 min­utes for a quick lunch. The out­door ground tem­per­a­ture shown on Aug 1, one of their work­ing days. The fourth-gen­er­a­tion Chi­nese lamp in­spec­tion ve­hi­cle on Chang’an Street.

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