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Resort builders hope to bring kids

IT may be difficult for Zhang Zhouwei's seven-year-old daughter in his hometown in central Hubei Province to fully understand what her father is doing in Shanghai.

But it helps Zhang, a 34-year-old migrant worker at the Shanghai Disneyland project, to tell her he's helping build a place for characters such as Snow White, which is her best-loved doll.

Zhang took a train to his hometown, which he had not seen in a year, like many of the 1,600 construction workers at the Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone, which includes phase one of Shanghai Disney Resort and other supporting projects.

The workers started their treks last week, eager to tell their children and other relatives the latest news about the much-anticipated project in Shanghai.

Those who are parents have a common dream: to bring their young children to Disneyland after it's completed.

"My daughter, Zhang Nala, has a Snow White doll and she loves to play with it very much," Zhang said.

"She's never been to Shanghai," he said. "I will take her to visit the resort when it is completed."

The groundbreaking for the Shanghai Disney Resort was on April 8, 2011. Zhang has worked as an electrician there ever since. He was also recently recognized as "star worker."

Whenever there is any electrical problem, he rushes to the site to repair it quickly in order not to slow down construction.

Zhang talks with her daughter on the phone every week. Even though she doesn't quite understand her father's work, it doesn't affect her enthusiasm for the future theme park, which will open in 2015.

Zhang and 26 other workers have been awarded the "star worker" prize. Construction leaders plan to visit the model workers' hometowns after the Chinese Lunar New Year to express their gratitude for their hard work and encourage them.

Construction workers said what they like most about the zone is the strict management and safe environment.

Workers have to wear helmets and reflective vests in the construction area. They live in clean dorms with air conditioning and hot water. Construction managers listened to them and improved their bathing facilities and water supply and other facilities, workers said.

A store was opened at the site to help workers get their daily necessities in the remote part of Chuansha New Town.

"It gives me a warm feeling," said another "star worker," Wang Banglun, 46.


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