In the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year, Gao Yucai, a citizen
in Songshan District of Chifeng City in North China's Inner
Mongolian Autonomous Region, celebrated the most important festival
to the Chinese by setting off fireworks and lighting up red
Gao just moved into the newly-decorated home specially built by
the local government for the migrant workers of the Sanzuodian
Reservoir, a major water-control project of the city.
"The local government built a 100-square-meter home for every
migrant worker, equipped with living necessities such as sofa,
double-bed, and gas cooker," he said.
Wang Yuliang, director of the Songshan District, said the first
group of 476 people from 122 families had left their home for the
construction of the project which aims to resolve the problems of
water-supply, irrigation and flood-discharge of Chifeng City.
To make the migrant workers have a good life, the local
government specially allocated a land for building a new village
for them, which were completed in November 2005.
So far all the 122 families have moved into their new homes.
"This new home, 109.6 square meters, is much larger than my
previous one," said Sun Xiuxia.
"We got a compensation of 90,000 yuan (US$11,000) for the old
home and spent 56,000 yuan on the new one which has better
conditions such as heating and water-supply," she said.
In Sun's family with three generations, the juniors will toast
"New Year Wine" to their seniors in the morning of the Lunar New
Year's day in line with the customs of the Mongolians.
After the toasting, the youth will go to visit other yurts,
kowtow to their elders and enjoy drinking and dancing.
"The yurts have vanished since we settled down. Horses also take
the place of motorcycles and cars. Only the customs of visiting
each other, drinking and making good wishes for others remain,"
"Now the Mongolians and the Han people visit each other and
drink together, just like brothers and sisters," she said.
The snow before the Spring Festival brought cold to the
grassland of Inner Mongolia, but at the herdsmen's home on the
Olbert Grassland, the landing site of the Shenzhou-6 manned
spacecraft, it is rather warm with bonfire burning and firecrackers
"We used to go horse-racing in the very morning of the Lunar New
Year's day. But now we will enjoy ourselves by taking motorcycles
and cars. Sometimes I still miss the fun of horses riding," said
Tuya, a herdsman living in the heart of the landing site.
Tuya has a big grassland and raises over 1,000 sheep. The recent
snowfall made him exulted. "With enough snow, the grass will surely
grow well next year."
The young herdsman Xu Guanfeng on Dolbert Grassland is
anticipating the landing of Shenzhou-7.
His father Xu Jixiang, pointing at a green trank, said proudly,
"This is an award to my son for his aids to the People's Liberation
In the evening of Nov. 20, 1999, when Shenzhou-1 was sent up and
returned the next day, a troop of the PLA lost their way in the
landing site of the spacecraft, without food and fuel.
They knocked at Xu Guanfeng's door. Xu welcomed the troop into
his home. In the following day, he helped the troops fulfill their
This special experience forged the friendship between Xu's
family and the troops. In gratitude, the troops rewarded Xu
Guanfeng with a truck.
"I'm looking forward to the landing of Shenzhou-7", said the
(Xinhua News Agency January 30, 2006)