Young Chinese border guards display loyalty and persistence

09:24, July 10, 2011      

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by Xinhua writer Ma Shukun

Twenty-year-old Lu Zhouyang gazes at snowy mountains several of miles away along China's border, catching his breath after climbing 15 flights of stairs while carrying four thermoses.

"The snow-covered mountains are quite beautiful, and I never get tired of them," Lu said with a smile.

He said enjoying the beauty of the snowy mountain has been a happy and relaxed moment for him during his one-year tour of duty as a border guard at a watch house 4,900 meters above the sea level in Takexun, Tibet Autonomous Region in southwest China.

Insufficient oxygen at such a high altitude makes climbing stairs an exhausting task that requires constant breaks even for a young man like him, Lu said.

His fondness for the mountains has a deeper meaning, as he sees the mountains as a reflection of Chinese border guards in Tibet -- magnificent in stature and unrelenting in protecting the nation.

"We (frontier guards) are like the snowy mountains standing here, so the nation can enjoy peace," he said.

His job is to patrol several kilometers of routes every day, or to stand guard for two hours each day at a sentry post.

He said it is pride and honor that helps him endure Tibet's harsh environment.

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