Chinese workers overcome harsh conditions for China
Wang Hong, who has been participating in tunnel construction since 1999, has worked in more than 20 tunnels. He said the Ban Konlouang Tunnel of China-Laos railway is the hottest tunnel he has ever worked on and also the tunnel with the most difficulties.
Ground-breaking ceremony of the railway was held in December 2015, and the construction of the whole route officially started a year later, while the railway is expected to open to traffic in December 2021.
According to Wang Hong's team worker, Qiu Liping, they are working in the daytime in the tunnel, so they have to prepare electric blankets, instead of dry up the sheets and quilts in the sun.
Even so, Wang Hong and his team workers have set a record along the China-Laos railway for the monthly excavation length--186 meters.
"The happiest thing in this stuffy tunnel is to take a 10-minute rest on the ice pile," Wang Hong said, smearing the sweat off his face. "Without the ice, I really don't know how to continue with the job."
"Look, so much water can be squeezed from my clothes," the man, in his 40s, said with a light smile, adding that working in the tunnel for 10 minutes will turn the clothes into a "raincoat", and working at this environment is prone to serious rheumatism.
It turns out that in the rainy season, continuous precipitation not only brings coolness but also dampness. Workers need to prepare electric blankets and spend an hour or so every day to dry up their sheets and quilts.
It can not said to be cold, but why do the Chinese tunnel workers turn on the electric blanket?
In order to keep cool inside the tunnel and create a better construction environment for the workers, the CREC-5 project management has purchased an ice machine, only for providing some five tons of ice every six hours to cool down the construction sites.