Xinjiang: My Hometown

Source: rainbow [14:02 July 12 2009]

I come from Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. But when I told it to my new friends, most of them was very surprising,"what? You are from Xinjiang. But you didn't look like a girl who comes from Xinjiang."Yes, it is true. Of course, I'm a Han nationality. However, I cannot understand why I must look like a Xinjiang's girl?

Maybe most people think that a man who is from the minority areas must be a minority nationality, but it is not the case. Although Xinjiang is a minority area, the Han nationality is in the majority, over 70%. Also a great many people think there is desert everywhere, and people who live there are live in tents. If they want to go out, they must ride camels or walk hard in the desert. Oh, my God, I really cannot imagine it. Many students even don't know where the capital of Xingjiang is. One day my roommates said to me,"Lei, the capital of Xinjiang is Huhehaote, right?"I don't know whether I should laugh or cry. So I always feel the students who grew up in the south area sometimes have no common knowledge. I know my thought is wrong, but when they always asked me these simple questions. I cannot help thinking like this.

My home is in Hami, where is the first station in Xinjiang, and it is famous for Hami melons. In fact, my home is in the Tuha Oil Base. We lived in a city named Yumen in Gansu province before I am 9 years old, where is a city basic on oil. So, Yumen is my first homgtown, and Hami is the second.

Our base lay in the north of Hami, like a suburb of it. The base is very beautiful, like a shy woman. It was built in 1993, and now it is a small city with its own education organization, park, culture square, four–star hotels, shopping center and so on. To be exact, it is a large park and we live in it.

This is my hometown, a beautiful, modern "garden city". I love it!