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Fun for some but not everyone can relax
02.09.2018

    Fun for some but not everyone can relax

    Two women admire Chinese New Year decorations in the Pudong New Area in Shanghai yesterday. Chinese New Year or the Year of the Dog, falls next Friday, with the weeklong Spring Festival holiday running from Thursday to February 21. Traditional decorations like the red lanterns above provide a colorful atmosphere for residents and tourists. But not everyone can relax during the festival. For example, on the eve of the Chinese New Year, when families are home for the traditional holiday feast, Metro Line 2 driver Pang Sheng will be clocking into just another shift. “It is not a big deal,” he said. “Thousands of people work during the holiday to keep the city running. I am just a cog in the machinery.” Two more Metro lines — the second and third phases of Line 13 and the Pujiang Line — will begin operation this year, adding to the workload of drivers like Pang as the Metro is short of qualified new drivers.