How do you feel when you are crowded with 50 people at the door ofa train? What is your feeling whenthe smell of sweat, tobacco, and earthy scent wrap you up? What kind of mood are you in when the insults and crying are filling your ears? Fear, uneasiness, depression, sadness, allthe negative emotions came to my heart at that moment. I felt that my body was not under my control. I felt that my destiny was not in my own hands.
During the Spring Festival travel rush in 2006, I experienced this horrible scene at the age of 10. That winter vacation, my father worked overtime at the end of the year, and our family could only buy a New Year’s Eve train ticket back to our hometown. When I heard the news that I could return to my grandparents’ house, I couldn’t help but be excited. We took the thing with the big bag and set foot on the road to the train station. The people waiting to get on the train were crowded with the platform. For fear of losing me, my mum took my hand tightly and walked towards the end of the queue. Looking at so many people waiting to go home, my heart can't help but suppress.
The bell rang and the train entered the station. As soon as the door was opened, people swarmed and blocked the doors. The back and the front people pushed each other, the left and the right people pulled each other, we seemed to be in the battlefield. Soon, we also entered the state of war, but the time left for us is not much. Finally, the bell rang again, the door closed, and some of our followers were mercilessly blocked out of the door.
When the door of the train closed leaving us helpless on the platform, I plunged into my mom’s arms andasked her. "Why the train does not wait for us, why the train does not wait for us, I want to go back to my grandparents' house, I want to see my grandparents." But as a child, how did I know my father’s feeling when he couldn’t reunite with his parents?
The backward transportation system and the poor travel service system left a profound impact on me. Passenger demand is huge, supply capacity is insufficient, changing the backward transportation system, enhancing people's travel experience, have slowly rooted in my heart.
After college entrance examination, I came to Beijing andchose the major of Traffic and Transportation without hesitation. I can't forget the time when I studied theoretical knowledge and finished my course assignments in the classroom. I can’t forget the experience when our group members collected the data and completed the projects at the Beijing West train station. I will never forget the time when I discussed the issue of rail traffic safety with my professor late into the night. The four years’ study not only helped me to gain a comprehensive understanding of the system of transportation, but also made me meet a large number of teachers and classmates with a high sense of responsibility and mission. Knowledge has given me the ability to contribute to the transportation industry. Teachers and classmates have created my diligent and pragmatic feelings and responsibility, and I can really feel that I am no longer far away from my dreams.
Now, I have grown up from a primary school student to an aspiring youth, and Chinahas also developed from a big country with backward technology to a strong one with advanced research capability. In these 13 years, we have expanded the Datong-Qinhuangdao Line, the world's No.1 heavy-duty railway. We have built the Qinghai-Tibet Line, the world’s highest altitude railway with the longest route. We have established "eight vertical and eight horizontal" high-speed railway network, the world’s longest network with a total length of 30,000 kilometers. Have you ever travelled by the Fuxing Train, when you on it, you are on the road to China dreams.
Fig. 1 Fuxing Train
Building a developed country in transportation is a historic mission entrusted to the transportation industry in the new era and a new long march for us in the new era. We must carry forward the spirit of struggle, maintain the fighting attitude, and contribute our efforts to the early building of well-established transportation system.
A developed transportation country is a dream of China and also dream of mine. As President Xi Jinping said, the younger generation has ideals, skills and responsibility, and the nation has hope. I believe my dream will come true when my generation dedicates our youth to the transportation industry and other aspects of our beloved country!
Fig. 2 A developed transportation country