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(120312) -- MENGZI, March 12, 2012 (Xinhua) -- Wang Kailin and his workmates patrol on the Renzi railway bridge in Wujiazhai of Pingbian County, southwest China's Yunnan Province, March 9, 2012. Speaking of the centenary Sino-Vietnam railway, it's inevitable to mention the remarkable project of Renzi bridge, or Namiti Bridge. Located in the mountainous region in southwest China's Yunnan Province and straddling over a tributary to the Namiti River, the cantilever railway bridge is an amazing work showcasing the wisdom and perseverance of constructors over a hundred years ago. Nowadays, a century has passed, but the bridge still stands solidly on rocks, fulfilling its mission as part of the meter-gauge railway connecting China's Kunming and Vietnam's Hanoi. However, the bridge does not stand alone. Due to its importance to the railroad, there had been soldiers, policemen, or militiamen guarding the bridge throughout the whole century since its completion. Nowadays, the responsibility is shouldered by a policeman Wang Kailin and 15 local security guards. Day by day, the bridge watch-keepers stand guard at both ends of the bridge around the clock and patrols 10km of the adjacent tunnels and tracks twice a day, despite of high temperature or torrential rains. As the only policeman and head of the team guarding the bridge, 60-year-old Wang Kailin has been protecting the bridge for 16 years. His whole life seems to be bound to the bridge and the meter-gauge tracks of Dianyue railway, also known as the Sino-Vietnam railway. When he left home to join the army at the age of 18, the train he took ran across the bridge. Then he worked as a railway police along the Dianyue railway since he left the army in 1975, coming and going on this bridge for innumerous times. When he was assigned to work here in 1996, Wang organized the security guard team of Namiti Bridge. At that time, the team members were all from nearby villages, most of whom were of Miao ethnic group. Besides perform
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