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Construction at customs checkpoint in Pingtan resumes

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Updated: 2014-02-17

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Construction at customs checkpoint in Pingtan resumes

Workers focus on the northern side of the checkpoint, located near the Haixia Bridge which links Pingtan Island and the inland. [Photo/english.pingtan.gov]

After a short break for the Spring Festival holidays, workers have gradually returned to the construction site of a customs checkpoint in the Pingtan Comprehensive Pilot Zone.

The Pingtan Times reported on last Tuesday that workers were focusing on the northern side of the checkpoint, located near the Haixia Bridge which links Pingtan Island and the inland. The project is expected to be completed in late March.

The newspaper also said that the construction workers are painting the interior walls of the main office building of the checkpoint, and laying pipes underground.

Many of the workers did not have a full seven-day break - unlike most people in China - during the Spring Festival holiday.

Zhang Xiaozhang, from the city of Qidong in east China's Jiangsu province, said he arrived home on the eve of the Chinese New Year of the Horse, and was back at work in Pingtan six days later. And he said that those were the only days he spent with his family since last year's Spring Festival. His colleague, Lao Li, said he decided not to go home so that he could make more money by working extra shifts during the holiday.

Edited by Chen Zhilin and Niva Whyman