A South African's life in China amid COVID-19 battle

Added On February 16, 2020

An architect from South Africa shares his life in Yangshuo County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, amid the ongoing anti-virus battle.
SOUNDBITE 1 (English): IAN HAMLINTON, South African living in Yangshuo
"Hi, everyone. My name is Ian Hamlinton. I come from South Africa. At the moment, I live in Guang xi (Zhuang Autonomous Region), in Yangshuo, in a small town called Jiuxian Village."
Hamlinton has been living in Yangshuo for more than a decade. He is now deeply attached to the small village he lives in and owns a guesthouse there.
As a foreigner in China, he witnessed local people's solidarity in the battle against the COVID-19 outbreak.
SOUNDBITE 2 (English): IAN HAMLINTON, South African living in Yangshuo
"There are three roads in and out of the village and all of these roads have been blocked. They are manned every day by two or three people from within the village to try and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. I think this is very good. Even in the rain, people come out here. It's very hard, but it's good that people try their best. Everybody working together to try and prevent the spread of this coronavirus."
He also speaks highly of Chinese government's positive moves in fighting against the epidemic.
SOUNDBITE 3 (English): IAN HAMLINTON, South African living in Yangshuo
"I think the government of China is doing a very good job. This is quite a big problem to deal with. The population of China is huge. At the moment, I think they're doing great in handing out information to people, constantly updating everyone and giving suggestions and health advice to people. "
SOUNDBITE 4 (Chinese): IAN HAMLINTON and fellow villagers
"Stay strong, China. Stay strong, Wuhan!"