Home / 2008 Beijing Olympic Games / News Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read | Comment
Tough life and pride of Olympic construction worker
Adjust font size:

Zhang Shuanzhu

Zhang Shuanzhu is a powerfully built construction worker on the site of Beijing's National Stadium, the Bird's Nest. He spoke to a reporter from China.org.cn about his working conditions and his pride in his achievements.

Workers busy with their jobs

China.org.cn: What part of China are you from? How long have you been in Beijing?

Zhang: I come from Zhu Madian in Henan Province. I've been here since 2006 and have been working here for just over two years. The project started 3 years ago, so I was a year late. (smiling)

China.org.cn: Can I ask how old you are? Do you have any children?

Zhang: I'm 46 years old. I have a boy and a girl; one of my kids is working in Xinjiang; the other is still at school, in senior high back in home.

China.org.cn: What's your job here at the building site?

Zhang: I pave the roads in and around the Bird's Nest. We paved all the roads around the Bird's Nest as well as the roads around the National Aquatics Center -- the Water Cube. (Zhang seemed very proud when recounting this)

China.org.cn: Can you tell us a bit about your daily routine?

Zhang: I get up at 6 o'clock every morning and I'm at work by half past six. We take an hour's rest after lunch and knock off at 6 in the evening.

China.org.cn: What about board and lodging?

Zhang: Conditions aren't bad. We get meat in our dinner every other day. The boss -- our contractor -- pays for our lodgings; we live indoors, inside a building.

China.org.cn: You have been working here for over two years; how many times have you been home?

Zhang: Never. Not once.

China.org.cn: Not even at Spring Festival (Chinese New Year)?

Zhang: No, never.

China.org.cn: Why is that?

Zhang: Because the construction schedule is so tight.

China.org.cn: You must miss your family very much.

Zhang: Of course; everyone misses home. But that's just the way it is. I can't go.

1   2    

Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read

Pet Name
China Archives
Related >>
Most Viewed >>
- China tie Qatar 0-0 in WC qualifiers
- European Swimming Championships
- China rules 2nd World Cup with five gold medals
- Italian soccer team training session interrupted by beauties 
- China beat Memphis in 3rd basketball friendly