The following is the translation of the excerpt
of a Chinese report by military journalist Zhang Dongbo (张东波)
(xinhuanet.com) who joined the 110,000 rescue
troops in the earthquake
At dusk time on 17 May, our vehicle reached
Baoxing county town. As we didn't want to touch the food
on the truck that was meant to be sent to the quake victims,
we got off the vehicle and found a small eatery for dinner.
The moment we walked into the room, nearly
everyone there stopped eating to give us a standing ovation.
And when we ordered our dishes, we were told by the restaurant
owner that some customers who just left had already paid
the bill for us.
During the dinner, the waiters constant brought
new dishes to us for free, no matter how much we declined.
Finally, the owner personally carried a large plate of fish spicily
cooked with tomato to
our table and said this was he made just for us.
By the time we left the restaurant, the entire
staff saw us off at the door and urged us to take care of
our own safety.
In the early morning of 18 May, we crossed
great snow mountain 4,600 m above sea level and reached an
town. Shortly after we stood in a queue at a patrol station,
a Tibetan young lady came to invite us to a nearby table
where she had already prepared hot tea for us.
From there on we entered a "Life
Line", a path to the quake disaster centre that
the troops before
us had just made it possible to go through.
By the nightfall, we arrived at a remote ethnic
Qiang village where the electricity was cut off by
the quake. Shortly after we sat by the rubble for a break,
the villages brought the freshly cooked rice and dishes
to us. We know that was almost all they had, and my tears
dropped into my bowls.
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