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/ China/ PeopleKeeping good timeUpdated: 2012-03-20 09:59By Shi Yingying in Shanghai (China Daily) Comments()PrintMailLarge Medium  Small
分享按钮0Wei Yunsi has a lot of time on his hands at work.The keeper of the clock atop Shanghais Customs House on the Bund makes a daily trip up two sets of spiral staircases to ensure the smooth functioning of the landmark.That entails climbing up and down 117 stairs.”The trick to avoid dizziness is to look horizontally instead of vertically – that is, never look down,” he said.”And the good thing about it is that Im forced to do exercise every day.”The clock was built in 1927 for 250 kilograms of silver by the JB Joyce tower clocks company from the United Kingdom, which also helped build Big Ben in London.Though his ambitious travel plans include getting a close look at Big Ben, as well as the clock tower on Moscows Red Square, the 54-year-old has been locked in Shanghai for most of the last two decades.”Im the only timekeeper here,” he said.Weis job responsibilities also include rewinding the clock springs, lubricating the gears and repairing minor damage.”Its a mechanical clock, so it requires winding every three days,” he said.The 3.17-meter copper minute hand weighs 49 kilograms, while the 2.3-m hour hand measures in at 37.5 kg.Wei has been the fourth clock keeper of the tower. Modern technology has made his job easier compared with his predecessors.Wei Yunsi, the keeper of the clock atop Shanghais Customs House, maintains its machinery. Gao Erqiang / China Daily  Previous Page1 2 Next Page    Previous Page1 2 Next Page  Most ViewedTodays Top NewsBusiness confidence increases, survey saysObama to visit DMZ during ROK tripM7.4 earthquake hits MexicoQingdao gang boss sentenced to deathNGOs on the rise in ChinaChina vows to promote nuke co-opGang head gets deathChina to continue to support crisis-hit EuropeVideoSlidePodcastPicturesSoybean imports from US set to growTHE WEEK March 16: Naked bike ridingPoverty strikes every corner of the worldIn photos: Training for London OlympicsChinas tennis ace eyes next years OlympicsForeign pilots call for better safety systemsAnti-Gadhafi forces take heavy lossesRising waves of sea disputesHighway cracks after 1 monthBalancing the start of spring is no yokeSlide: Thai kite festivalHot TopicsWu Ying, iPad, Jeremy Lin, Valentines Day, Real Name, Whitney Houston, Syria,Iranian issue, Sanyan tourism, Giving birth in Hong Kong, Cadmium spill, housing policyEditors PicksLoves umbrellas lostDoctors order good nights sleepM7.4 earthquake hits MexicoAnti-terrorism drill held in Seoul ahead of summitBolt sees London as Jamaican home from homeBulls hold Magic to 59 points, win without RoseMore China NewsSulfuric acid could leak in salvage effortQingdao gang boss sentenced to deathMajor temple of Lamaism to get face-liftPolice accused of abandoning girlHalf of cooked meat tested substandardCivil service exams called too personalSpecialsWorld Water ForumRoad to equalitymore