Chongqing residents unite to vanquish wildfires

By TAN YINGZI and DENG RUI in Chongqing | China Daily | Updated: 2022-08-29 07:11
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A chain of volunteers passes supplies up Jinyun Mountain on Thursday. [Photo/China Daily]

"Solidarity is power. We can conquer everything if we unite," Chen said.

Chongqing, a traditional industrial powerhouse, is famed for its auto industry and is known as the motorcycle capital of China. One of the few major motorcycle-friendly cities nationwide, it hosts an annual national motorcycle trade fair, which attracts riders from across the country.

Faced with the steep mountain and unpaved roads, Chongqing motorcyclists played a key role in transporting firefighters and supplies.

Carrying bamboo baskets on their backs, they were nicknamed "the bamboo basket riders." Most of them-men in their 20s-came from different walks of life, such as delivery riders, businessmen and teachers.

Due to the challenging rescue conditions, most women and those under 18 worked at supply and assembly stations at the foot of the mountain.

They sorted and allocated all kinds of supplies. After the fire was extinguished on Saturday, they went up the mountain to bring down rubbish.

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