Suc­cess is a re­ward for per­se­ver­ance

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - China -

Iam very pleased to have been part of the doc­u­men­tary video team mark­ing the 40th an­niver­sary of the re­form and open­ing-up pol­icy. As lead cam­era­man, I was prob­a­bly the per­son on the team who trav­eled the most, which al­lowed me to un­der­stand re­form and open­ing-up from a deeper per­spec­tive.

I was im­pressed by Zhao Manzhou and his wife. They are fire scouts at Sai­hanba Na­tional For­est Park who watch part of the for­est from a five-story build­ing and re­port unau­tho­rized flames and smoke to the lo­cal fire depart­ment.

At one point, Zhao pointed out­side the win­dow and said, “There is smoke, cook­ing smoke.”

With my eyes wide open, I couldn’t find this “cook­ing smoke”. So I set up a video cam­era with a 400 mm super-tele­photo lens. I fi­nally saw a wisp of smoke on the cam­era’s screen.

I asked Zhao how he was able to spot the fire.

“I have spent decades liv­ing and work­ing here; I know ev­ery­thing about this for­est. My eyes have watched this scene for decades, so I can see mi­nor changes,” he said with a smile.

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