On August 6, 2014, General Secretary Xi Jinping issued important instructions on the 60th anniversary of the opening of Sichuan-Tibet and Qinghai-Tibet Highways,
calling for further promotion of the “two roads” spirit to boost the development of Tibet.
General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out that for those who work on the plateau, the scarcest thing is oxygen, and spirit is the most precious.
Under the new circumstances, the “two roads” spirit still need to be carried forward to maintain the Sichuan-Tibet and Qinghai-Tibet Highways and ensure smooth traffic,
making them always the road of national unity, civilization and progress in Tibet, as well as common prosperity for people of all ethnic groups in Tibet.
Built in the “human life forbidden zone”, the two roads, namely the Sichuan-Tibet Highway and the Qinghai-Tibet Highway,
In the process of building and maintaining the two roads, the “two roads” spirit was formed and carried forward,
which can be interpreted as the willpower to face adversity and death courageously,
the persistence to make utmost endeavors, the willingness to sacrifice personal interests for the great undertaking,
harmonious relations between the army and the people, and unity of all ethnic groups.
On May 11, 1954, the thousand-mile Qinghai-Tibet Highway broke ground in Golmud, Qinghai Province.
The organizer and commander then was General Mu Shengzhong,
a building team of only 1 engineer and 1200 builders who were camel workers before,
over 1200 bulky tools such as shovels, picks, drilling steels and primitive.
In order to benefit millions of emancipated serfs,
and to develop the new cause in New Tibet after peaceful liberation,
they created a miracle with undaunted spirit
to extend the Qinghai-Tibet Highway to Lhasa on December 15, 1954.
On December 25, the opening ceremony of the Qinghai-Tibet Highway and the Sichuan-Tibet Highway was held in Lhasa, attracting all the Tibetan compatriots there.
Looking at the vehicles with red ribbons and flowers, they wept for joy.
The Tibetan people praised the two highways as “golden ribbons”, “golden bridges that bring happiness” and “colorful and shining roads”.
Mountain never dwarfs man while course never conquers feet.
The “two roads” spirit, reflecting and summarizing the lofty quality of highway builders,
depicts the spiritual mode and behavior paradigm of generations of those who devote to the two highways,
and is a precious spiritual wealth
The core of inheriting the “two roads” spirit lies in remembering, which can be best demonstrated by practice.
In the new era, the “two roads” spirit still need to be carried forward.
We should avoid the distractions of unsubstantial ideas and superficial fame,
work hard with a firm footing, and deliver positive energy and the spirit of selfless dedication in life,
so as to build a beautiful future and prosperous China with love and enthusiasm.