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Man dreams of trip to Taiwan by train

By Hu Meidong in Fuzhou and Ye Zizhen | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2022-02-22


He Zhigang at work. [Photo by Sun Jiakui/provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Recent weeks have been busy for He Zhigang, a train driver in Fuzhou, as the number of passengers and goods rose during the Spring Festival travel rush.

A driver for more than three decades, he dreams of one day returning to Taiwan, his father's home, by train.

Born in 1968 in Fujian province, He graduated from a railway technical school in Fuzhou and became a train operator.

"My father used to talk a lot about his hometown in Hualien (a city on the east coast of Taiwan)," he said. He recalled his father talking about "lots of fruits in Hualien, with big pineapples and thick sugar cane."

His father moved to Fujian in 1944. In 1992, the elder man returned to Hualien to connect with family members. However, after an earthquake in 1997, he lost contact with families in Taiwan.

He says his father had asked him to go back to Hualien and get in touch with family again.

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