During this year's Spring Festival travel rush, a total of 513 people and 428 motorcycles started their "going back home" journey in Fujian province thanks to China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC)'s public welfare project.
Motorcyclists are ready to go at the Jingshan gas station of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) in Quanzhou, Fujian province. [Photo/sasac.gov.cn]
Named "Going Back Home, Motorcyclists", the project was initiated in Fujian, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Zhejiang, Guizhou provinces and the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. A total of 121 CNPC gas stations offered a variety of services including free refueling.
To provide sufficient supply and good logistics services, CNPC has set many special posts along national expressways and roads. Motorcyclists will get free goods and materials such as gasoline, oil and food.
Volunteers help motorcyclists refuel for free at CNPC's Jingshan gas station in Quanzhou, Fujian province. [Photo/sasac.gov.cn]
The gas station also has resting places, telephone charging stations and maintenance centers. "There will be a post every 50 kilometers at which the motorcyclists can have a rest," said Han Fei, deputy secretary of the Party committee at CNPC's sales company in Fujian.
CNPC has also launched a "free-riding" public welfare activity to link private car owners with motorcyclists. The company will award E-coupons worth of 135 to 405 yuan ($20 to $60) to car owners who volunteer to take motorcyclists home. This year, CNPC has cooperated with the Fujian Provincial Department of Public Security to ensure safety for the journey. To date, more than 300 private car owners have joined in the activity.
CNPC has launched the "Going Back Home, Motorcyclists" public welfare initiative for eight consecutive years beginning in 2012. Involving only nine gas stations in the beginning to more than 100 gas stations in seven provinces today, the activity has benefited more than 150,000 people.
(Executive editor: Li Shuling)