In Urumqi, Western China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region, a female Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team has countered terrorism and violence year after year.
With much admiration from their families and friends, these women graduated from Police Training School and then went into a Special Force Unit, having overcome many challenges.
The Flying Tiger Commando Unit, the Eighth Unit of Special Police Force in Urumqi, has 70 young members, aged from 20 to 27.
Besides basic exercises, they are also trained in shooting, striking, climbing, countering hijacks, hostage rescue, surviving in the wild, and swimming across rivers while fully equipped.
A team member said that many students who graduate from police school would take other jobs, often office work. But for these women becoming a female SWAT police officer had been a long-term dream, and it is also their first job after graduation.
Many team members have never gone shopping since joining. A lot of their time -about 12 hours per week- is spent exercising in the gym. They often joke that "here exists only men and savages".
The female SWAT team has an important role in keeping Western China safe. In particular, it did an excellent job during the China-Eurasia Expo.