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Sanitation worker, environmental protector in city

People's Daily Online)  12:47, January 21, 2013  

Yanng Weixia, sweeps the street beside an ice lantern on Jan. 16, 2013. (Xinhua/Wang Jianwei)

Yang Weixia, 48, is cleaning the street in severely cold winter in Harbin. She has been working as a sanitation worker for 32 years. She spent her youth on this work in this city. "This winter is extremely cold and snowfall is more frequently. We haven't cleared snow away yet, and snow came again," She said, "So sanitation workers have to work overtime outside, more than 10 hours working, and workers were often bitten by frost." "Home is like a hotel for us; we just sleep there."

At 3 a.m. in the morning, she started work when the whole city was still asleep in the coldest times. At 9 p.m. in the evening, she finished work when the city fell into silence. These sanitation workers selflessly dedicate to this job without complaint; they are the "fragrant flowers" that bloom in the coldest city.

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