Excitement showed between the lines when Hu Chunhua, a delegate to the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and assistant leader of Shenzhen Bus Group’s female role model fleet, gave an interview to Shenzhen Special Zone Daily recently during the ongoing congress.
“As a grassroots Party delegate, I was very excited to listen to the report and witness the historic moment. I couldn’t help applauding again and again along with other delegates,” Hu said.
According to Hu, the report to the 20th CPC National Congress has mapped out a grand blueprint for Chinese modernization, energizing people. Hu said she will stick to her grassroots post, carry forward the spirit of hammering away at every task and serve the people with passion.
Hu Chunhua in a photo taken recently. Courtesy of the interviewee
The report has comprehensively and systematically summarized the country’s major achievements for the past five years and the great changes in the new era. Hu said she is a witness, participant and beneficiary of these achievements and changes.
Hu has been working in Shenzhen Bus Group since 2010 and worked as a bus conductor for over 10 years. She traveled along the streets with the buses every day and witnessed Shenzhen’s growth — the expanding road network, more skyscrapers, and prosperous commercial areas and sci-tech parks.
Hu also witnessed changes in her workplace in the public transport industry — all traditional oil-fueled vehicles have been upgraded to environment-friendly new energy vehicles.
Ticket selling has changed from paper money and integrated circuit cards to contactless mobile phone payment. Bus services are also getting more convenient and intelligent without conductors in the buses.
“The country is its people; the people are the country.” Hu was deeply touched by the powerful words in the report to the 20th CPC National Congress. She said that the great changes in the past decade are also reflected in people’s wellbeing.
“Last year, Shenzhen allocated public rental housing to bus drivers and sanitation workers. On the day of allocation, there were loud cheers in the company building, and everyone felt a stronger sense of belonging to the city,” Hu was quoted as saying.
Hu said the fact that she comes from the grassroots and was elected as a delegate to the 20th CPC National Congress reflects the Party’s respect for and attention to workers at the grassroots level. “I feel extremely honored, and I also feel the responsibility on my shoulders.”
In over 10 years of work as a bus conductor, Hu had served passengers patiently and thoughtfully every day. She always put on a smile even when there were traffic jams during rush hours and she had to stand on the bus for three hours.
Last year, Hu was transferred as a bus fleet assistant leader. “No matter where I am, I am a service worker. One can also shine in an ordinary post as long as he or she does every little thing well and delivers warmth to those in need.”
“I have learned a lot from studying and discussing the report with other delegates these days,” Hu said, adding that what struck her the most is that the Party Central Committee has always been putting the people’s sense of happiness, fulfillment and security as top priority.
Hu said that grassroots Party members are closest to the people, so they should think for the people, respond to their needs and take practical actions to address their concerns.
Since 2016, Hu has been successively elected as a deputy to the Sixth and Seventh Shenzhen Municipal People’s Congress. Over the past six years, she has put forward 302 motions, interviewed over 60 community residents and participated in over 500 research tours and other activities, according to the Daily.
After Hu was elected as a delegate to the 20th CPC National Congress, she had visited enterprises and communities many times before the congress to collect the opinions of the masses and to better perform her duties.
“I want to bring the voices of the grassroots to the congress, and also to thoroughly understand the report to the 20th CPC National Congress, bring the spirit of the conference back to the grassroots and work together with everyone to realize the grand blueprint depicted in the report,” Hu was quoted as saying.