Guardians of the light

Published on 09/11 2018  Source: China Daily


The huadeng, also known as "China's first lamps", have become the symbol of Beijing's Tian'anmen Square. 

They were installed just before the 10th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and have been there for 60 years. 

Chang'an Street is now brightly lit and this is thanks to the huadeng lamps. 

Every year from the end of May to September, the huadeng maintenance team ensures that the lamps are in good working order. With the help of a fourth-generation Chinese lamp inspection vehicle, it takes about half an hour for them to overhaul a huadeng. 

In order not to hinder the movement of peak-hour traffic, the team's working hours are between 10 am and 4 pm. 

During this time there is nowhere to hide from the scorching sun. 

The inspection vehicles have been designed and developed by the team's lighting center. 

The latest vehicle, equipped with a hydraulic device, has a spacious work platform. The average age of the huadeng team members is 27. 

The team has so far developed 18 lighting technologies that have been patented.