Everyday heroes arrive in a snap to keep holidays rolling

Electricity workers, doctors and traffic rescuers ensure Spring Festival travel beats the cold

By ZOU SHUO in Changsha, LIU KUN in Wuhan,LIU KUN and ZHU LIXIN in Hefei | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2024-02-07 07:44
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A photo collage shows (from top) passengers waiting to board trains at Wuhan Railway Station in Hubei province on Sunday; vehicles stranded in a highway traffic jam in Wuhan on Monday; and workers clearing rail lines in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province. [KE HAO/FOR CHINA DAILY/ZHENG XINQIA/NANFANG DAILY/WANG CHUN/FOR CHINA DAILY]

For several nights, Song Liang, an electricity maintenance worker in Wuhan, Hubei province, has slept with the window of his dormitory room open to make sure he is alert to falling snow and freezing rain.

Song said when he hears a "crackling sound" from frozen rain, he goes outside to check on electrical wires and the power relay station's four towers to see how thick the ice is.

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