CHINA Five generations of one family serve as lighthouse keepers

CHINA

Five generations of one family serve as lighthouse keepers

Xinhua

10:31, May 21, 2020

Ye Jinghu, a fourth-generation lighthouse keeper and the father of Ye Chaoqun, stands on a supply boat as it sails to Qiliyu Island where his son works, in Ningbo, east China's Zhejiang Province on May 20, 2020. Five generations of one family from Ningbo, east China's Zhejiang Province, have served as lighthouse keepers, adopting one family motto that is "keep the light on when you are alive" resolutely. In 1883, Ye Lairong, first lighthouse keeper of the family, started working on Baijie Island. After that, his descendants inherited and devoted themselves to the work. Now, 32-year-old Ye Chaoqun, the family's fifth generation of lighthouse keeper, has been working on Qiliyu Island for seven years and still bears the family motto in mind. (Xinhua/Weng Xinyang)

Ye Chaoqun (L), a fifth-generation lighthouse keeper, receives fresh vegetables from his father, Ye Jinghu, who brings daily necessities, on Qiliyu Island in Ningbo, east China's Zhejiang Province on May 20, 2020. Five generations of one family from Ningbo, east China's Zhejiang Province, have served as lighthouse keepers, adopting one family motto that is "keep the light on when you are alive" resolutely. In 1883, Ye Lairong, first lighthouse keeper of the family, started working on Baijie Island. After that, his descendants inherited and devoted themselves to the work. Now, 32-year-old Ye Chaoqun, the family's fifth generation of lighthouse keeper, has been working on Qiliyu Island for seven years and still bears the family motto in mind. (Xinhua/Weng Xinyang)

Ye Chaoqun (R), a fifth-generation lighthouse keeper, climbs up the lighthouse with his father Ye Jinghu, who sent daily necessities to his son, on Qiliyu Island in Ningbo, east China's Zhejiang Province on May 20, 2020. Five generations of one family from Ningbo, east China's Zhejiang Province, have served as lighthouse keepers, adopting one family motto that is "keep the light on when you are alive" resolutely. In 1883, Ye Lairong, first lighthouse keeper of the family, started working on Baijie Island. After that, his descendants inherited and devoted themselves to the work. Now, 32-year-old Ye Chaoqun, the family's fifth generation of lighthouse keeper, has been working on Qiliyu Island for seven years and still bears the family motto in mind. (Xinhua/Weng Xinyang)

Ye Chaoqun (L), a fifth-generation lighthouse keeper, walks with his father Ye Jinghu (R) on Qiliyu Island in Ningbo, east China's Zhejiang Province on May 20, 2020. Five generations of one family from Ningbo, east China's Zhejiang Province, have served as lighthouse keepers, adopting one family motto that is "keep the light on when you are alive" resolutely. In 1883, Ye Lairong, first lighthouse keeper of the family, started working on Baijie Island. After that, his descendants inherited and devoted themselves to the work. Now, 32-year-old Ye Chaoqun, the family's fifth generation of lighthouse keeper, has been working on Qiliyu Island for seven years and still bears the family motto in mind. (Xinhua/Weng Xinyang)

Ye Chaoqun (R), a fifth-generation lighthouse keeper, talks to his father about lighthouse equipment operations on Qiliyu Island in Ningbo, east China's Zhejiang Province on May 20, 2020. Five generations of one family from Ningbo, east China's Zhejiang Province, have served as lighthouse keepers, adopting one family motto that is "keep the light on when you are alive" resolutely. In 1883, Ye Lairong, first lighthouse keeper of the family, started working on Baijie Island. After that, his descendants inherited and devoted themselves to the work. Now, 32-year-old Ye Chaoqun, the family's fifth generation of lighthouse keeper, has been working on Qiliyu Island for seven years and still bears the family motto in mind. (Xinhua/Weng Xinyang)

Ye Chaoqun, a fifth-generation lighthouse keeper, checks sunrise and sunset logs on Qiliyu Island in Ningbo, east China's Zhejiang Province on May 20, 2020. Five generations of one family from Ningbo, east China's Zhejiang Province, have served as lighthouse keepers, adopting one family motto that is "keep the light on when you are alive" resolutely. In 1883, Ye Lairong, first lighthouse keeper of the family, started working on Baijie Island. After that, his descendants inherited and devoted themselves to the work. Now, 32-year-old Ye Chaoqun, the family's fifth generation of lighthouse keeper, has been working on Qiliyu Island for seven years and still bears the family motto in mind. (Xinhua/Weng Xinyang)

Ye Jinghu (L), a fourth-generation lighthouse keeper and the father of Ye Chaoqun, talks with his former colleague after bringing daily necessities to Qiliyu Island in Ningbo, east China's Zhejiang Province on May 20, 2020. Five generations of one family from Ningbo, east China's Zhejiang Province, have served as lighthouse keepers, adopting one family motto that is "keep the light on when you are alive" resolutely. In 1883, Ye Lairong, first lighthouse keeper of the family, started working on Baijie Island. After that, his descendants inherited and devoted themselves to the work. Now, 32-year-old Ye Chaoqun, the family's fifth generation of lighthouse keeper, has been working on Qiliyu Island for seven years and still bears the family motto in mind. (Xinhua/Weng Xinyang)

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