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More than 200 major generals of the People’s Liberation Army Ground Force simultaneously took part in a recent examin
ation held across the nation, marking the Ground Force’s first large-scale test of its high-ranking commanders.
The examination was arranged by the Ground Force headquarters and was held earlier this month in seven loca
tions – Beijing, Fuzhou, Nanning, Lanzhou, Jinan, Urumqi and Lhasa. The largest test site was at the Ground Force Acade
my of Armored Forces in Beijing with 52 examinees, according to a statement from the Ground Force.
Experts from PLA National Defense University and inspecto
rs from the Ground Force’s disciplinary committee supervised the examination.
Participants were mostly made up of major generals and some senior colonels – commanding officers from
departments under the Ground Force headquarters, academies, schools, regional branches and training and test bases.
Taking a step requires just one second for a typical person. But not for Gao Ziren, whose paral
yzed left leg requires him to first move a crutch forward before his leg, and then balance himself.
For 42 years, Gao, a teacher at Lixin village primary school in a mountainous area of East China’s Jiangxi province, has walked th
is way between his home, the school and his students’ homes. Over the course of his career, he has worn out more than 60 crutches.
Gao, 60, was born in a mountainous area of Meiling township, Wanli district of Nancha
ng. After coming down with polio at the age of 1, his left leg suffered muscular atrophy, which left him unable to walk normally.
He did not give up, relying instead on his mental strength to finish his studies from primary school through high school.
He started his career in 1977 when a village official visited him about being a teacher in the village, as one of the two teachers the
re had left. Gao agreed to take the position, as he knew the importance of a teacher to students, especially those like him.
from across the country who moved to Dali. She and her husband, who help organize activities
such as gardening, hiking and cycling for newcomers, have a big circle of friends who have relocated to the city.
“People have different reasons for leaving, ranging from the need to take care of elderly pare
nts who have stayed in their hometowns, to taking their children back to big cities for better education,” she said.
People are also leaving because after two or three years without work, they need to find paid employment.
In recent years, thousands of people have moved to Dali from big cities. The exact number is not kno
wn, but a rough estimate from the local government shows that about 40,000 newcomers are living in the city.
Many people decided to leave their jobs and move to Dali from large cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong pro
vince, due to work pressures and surging property prices, which have been hotly debated nationwide in recent years.
she opened the windows, breathed clean air, and the surroundings were often bathed in su
nshine, with beautiful flowers dotting the lake as waterfowl paddled on the surface.
However, in 2017, the local government ordered all 2,400-plus hotels, guesthouses and
restaurants around the lake to close until they had been checked and the authorities confirmed they had all the permits required.
With the tourism industry expanding rapidly in Dali, wastewater and garbage were often found being disposed of directly into
the lake due to insufficient or dilapidated facilities on the shore, creating one of the lake’s major sources of pollution.
Since October, a widespread environmental campaign has escalated and more t
han 1,800 lakeside properties within the protection zone – including 540 guesthouses – have been demolished.
round. Tourists can explore the old town, hike amid the clouds, cycle around the lake and enjoy bustling street festivals.
Before he settled in Dali, Yang worked for a bank in Chongqing, his
hometown. After moving, he started a business selling hand-made traditional costumes of the loc
al Bai people, one of the ethnic groups in China. Many people from the group live in communities in Dali.
A year after he arrived, Yang opened his small restaurant, which
serves spicy Chongqing cuisine. He has developed a close relationship with his customers.
“I cook the food on my own for my customers, most of whom
are tourists. When I serve them, I often sit and chat with them and listen to their stories,” he said.
“In my spare time, I go with friends to climb Mount Cangshan, or cycle around Erhai Lak
e alone. This is exactly the life that I want to live – having no pressure, but inner peace and freedom.”
eceiving treatment on his face. Sang, with long bloody scars on his cheek, mouth and nose, said that he was blessed to have survived the blast that happened just 100 meters away from him.
“I was driving a car passing the explosion site and suddenly felt the car pushed away fiercely by a wave,” he said.
According to rescue headquarters, more than 1,600 houses near the explosion site have been repaired, and the
remaining houses that suffered slight damage, such as broken windows and doors, will be repaired in a week. Owners of houses beyo
nd repair will get financial compensation or move to newly-established communities.
he State Council, China’s Cabinet, set up a special investigation group for the blast. The group on Saturday said the probe wo
uld be thorough and with no leniency. It also severely criticized the local government and the company invol
ved for not learning lessons from previous environmental violations and failing to make effective rectifications.
Official records show that the Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Company, where the explosion too
k place, had been punished several times previously for using safety loopholes and violating environmental prote
ction regulations. Chenjiagang Chemical Park experienced several similar safety accidents in past years, too.