Zhang Jin­wen

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Di­rec­tor of Engi­neer­ing of the HZMB Au­thor­ity Joined the project in 2004

When he ar­rived at the prepara­tory of­fice of the HZMB project at the age of 29, Zhang Jin­wen left his po­si­tion as deputy di­rec­tor of the Engi­neer­ing Depart­ment at Guang­dong Provin­cial Ex­press­way Devel­op­ment Co., Ltd., giv­ing up a promis­ing fu­ture in the com­pany. At first, many ques­tioned how he, a novice at bridge con­struc­tion, could be ap­pointed chief engi­neer­ing su­per­vi­sor. His ac­tions across years have pro­vided an an­swer.

Since the con­struc­tion of the bridge is fin­ished, what will he do next? “I have no idea be­cause I haven’t yet found a more chal­leng­ing project,” Zhang grins. He plans to sum­ma­rize the ex­pe­ri­ence first and to leave it for pos­ter­ity. “We salute our pre­de­ces­sors with the project and hope it can serve as a ‘shoul­der’ to sub­se­quent gen­er­a­tions.”

In his opin­ion, a bridge will be re­mem­bered as an icon of the times. The bridge rep­re­sents the com­pre­hen­sive strength of the coun­try and serves as a sym­bol of the achieve­ment of the re­form and open­ing-up pol­icy which has been im­ple­mented for 40 years. “What we did is not ac­tu­ally so great—we just did what en­gi­neers should do.”

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