Peo­ple: Small sta­tion, big re­spon­si­bil­ity to pas­sen­gers

China Daily - - PAGE TWO -

When the green light comes on, a bul­let train speeds through the Ge­le­shan Rail­way rail­way sta­tion in Chongqing. Within a few sec­onds, si­lence re­turns. Shao Peng looks at his watch — it is 12:54 on Sun­day af­ter­noon, day 11 of the Spring Fes­ti­val travel rush. Ow­ing to the re­mote­ness of the sta­tion, staff mem­bers lead a rather lonely life and shop­ping can be prob­lem­atic. They grow veg­eta­bles, such as pep­pers, pump­kins and toma­toes, in plots be­hind the sta­tion houses. Shao, 26, is the youngest staff mem­ber in the sta­tion. “I have not gone home for the past two years,” he said. “This year, I will spend the Spring Fes­ti­val with my co-work­ers. The sta­tion is also my home.”

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