Eternal vigil at the nation's 'eastern gate'

By Li Hongyang (China Daily) Updated : 2019-08-22


Sailors undertake physical training at the radar facility as thick fog shrouds Dongfushan last month. [Photo by WANG ZHUANGFEI/CHINA DAILY]


Liu Yu, a young recruit, has found friends whose values and spirit he can emulate.

"Before coming here, I didn't have any idea about the future or a strong faith in life. However, I have met many friends from across China on the island. Through living with and talking to them, I have gained insights into how to live a meaningful life," the 19-year-old said.

"Unlike my friends in high school, most of my comrades, even those from wealthy families, know they should be independent from their parents and make a life on their own."

Fan said the island is now his second home.

"When I am here, I miss my family, but when I am at home, I miss my comrades. My family understands and supports my work," he said. 

"We can't relax mentally even for a second because we are located in the East China Sea. Our country's eastern gate needs to be guarded by someone-we are that 'someone' and we are not afraid of any hardships."

Zhang Rongrong contributed to this story.

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