Chinese reporters on a tour to a Sino-Russian border city on Sunday was surprised to find that the border guard on the Russian side was a straw man.
Mainland online media professionals were invited to Tongjiang in Heilongjiang Province over the weekend to inspect the border town and the Sino-Russian Amur Bridge Project.
A journalist working for state-owned news portal huanqiu.com said he used a telephoto lens to take a picture of the Russia watchtower, only to find that the guard standing on the tower is not a real person but a dummy.
Chinese reporters were also surprised to find that there was no sign of construction for the Amur Bridge railroad on the other side of the Amur River, known as Heilongjiang River in China.
The Amur Bridge railway project was given the go-ahead after talks between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin last year. The Chinese side has already finished 60 percent of its part of the construction, huanqiu.com said.
The 2,215-metre bridge, which will connect Tongjiang with Nizhneleninskoye in Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Oblast, is expected to transport 21 million tonnes of goods every year when it’s completed in 2016.