Beautiful Hejing, lovely hometown

Source: [14:26 July 12 2009]

My hometown, Hejing, is one Mongolian Autonomous Town in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Although I have been studying in Shanghai for around six years, I still feel strongly connected to my home town and deeply in love with it. You may have seen some picture of Xinjiang through Internet, but this time I would like to bring you all to a small town, to see what is happening there.

All of these were taken during this Spring Festival. I hope you will enjoy them. This is my home. We did not manage to take a family picture this time, because every time when we realized to take it, some of us were heavily drunk.

This is the street where my parents are living. There are lots of different kind of restaurants and shops along the street. We sometimes go to this Hui restaurant for lunch or dinner. In general, we like Hui food very much. Hui is minority people living in Xinjiang. They are Muslims, and are very good at cooking.

There is an army in the center of my hometown. Lots of Han people in Xinjiang originally came here to join the army. After that many of them choosed to stay here.

This is the newly constructed pedestrian street in my hometown, full of flavors with different nationalities. They mainly sell clothes in this street. In front of the street, there is a rock, with the print of "Double Support Model Street", which means that local people support army, and army support local people.

Many local students and artists were giving a performance on the second day of Spring Festival. There used to be many other great shows in the street, but now only lantern show seems organized regularly every year.

This is central park of Hejing, which used to be the only park, and most of old people come there for morning exercise. The sculpture in right is Wobaxi. He is called national hero, because of his legendary story. He was leading many people to escape from the governance of other country to come back to China. The other year, there was a movie about this released out. I watched the movie, and it is very nice.

Although there are many shops and department stores in my hometown now, just like Shanghai, many local people still prefer to sell goods in the street, which could help them save the rental fee, and also make their goods displayed more publicly. They mainly sell milk, dry nuts and other similar goods in this way.

Public transportation becomes available now, but I noticed not many people are willing to take the bus, partly because the town is so small, and partly because it is so cheap to take the taxi. Chery QQ is used as taxi in my hometown, and it only costs you two RMB to go everywhere within the downtown.

This is the largest market in the town. There are mainly two large streets in this market, one for Han people and one for Uygur people. The picture shown in the right is the street for the Uygur people. Uygur people are doing business in this street, selling their goods to both Uygur people and Han people.

Although I am living in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, my hometown is actually Mongolian Autonomous Town. So you will find the signs of the government and relevant institutions written bilingually both in Chinese and Mongolian.

This bookstore was always some where I used to want to be when I was free. They sell lots of books both written in Chinese and other minority languages. Now you can find many people staying there reading books for the whole day, just like what you can see in Shanghai.

There are several other very unique buildings in this small town. The one in the left is one of the heritage sites, called "Wangye Fu", which means residence of King. I visited this building when I was in primary school, but now can not remember its history. You can find a mosque in the right picture. There are many of them in the town.

Basically Uygur people and Hui people often go there. It is always very happy to recall all good memories and look at all beautiful pictures of home town. I am sure I will treasure all that home town has given to me forever.