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Volunteers ease burden of train travel

From : China Daily

Two volunteers help a blind man enter the waiting hall of Nanning Railway Station in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region on Sunday. (China Daily/Huo Yan)

NANNING, Jan. 11, 2012 -- As thousands of travelers swarm the square outside the railway station in Nanning, South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, heading to family reunions back home for Chinese New Year, a group of young volunteers are making their travels easier.

"That girl is so helpful. I didn't expect someone who doesn't know me at all to be ready to help me carry my heavy luggage in this cold," a woman surnamed Yang said as she hurried to the station entrance on Sunday.

Fang Lili, a freshman at Guangxi University of Foreign Languages, who is on winter vacation, said she got to the station before 8 am and would continue to volunteer until a few days before the Spring Festival, which begins on Jan 23 this year.

"I'm very glad to have been able to assist people on their trips. Besides, volunteering can help me gain social experience," she said. "I can't remember how many people I've helped."