|My family lives on vast grasslands, where I have been growing up with the companionship of horses and sheep.|
Baiyinnao'ergacha is a village, with vast grasslands, in Ulanqab, in North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. A herdsman's family — composed of a couple, Ateheng and Bayinma, and their son, Baoyinchuogela — is well known in the village.
Bayinma moved from Erdos, a city in southwestern Inner Mongolia, to Baiyinnao'ergacha in 2005, after she married Ateheng. At that time, her in-laws were raising cattle and dozens of sheep on a pasture, on a poor grassland. Bayinma was determined to help her family, and other herdsmen, live better lives. She established a tourism spot, entitled "A Herdsman Family's Tour," and she has since encouraged many residents to create wealth by developing the tourism sector. "I may not change others' lives, but I can set an example to help them," She says. Bayinma and her family have indeed set a good example for others, simply by striving for a better life through hard work. The family was named a National Most Beautiful Family in 2019.
From generation to generation, residents in my hometown have lived a tranquil life on the pastures.
|My mother moved to my father's hometown 15 years ago. Since then, she has brought a big change to the family.|
|With support from my father and other relatives, my mother started a family run tourism business.|
|My mother treats every tourist with honesty and good services. My family's business has continually grown better and better.|
|Many residents in my hometown have joined in the booming tourism business.|
|My mother has encouraged other herdsmen to create wealth by working diligently.|
|During the fight against novel coronavirus disease this year, my family cooked food for people working on the front line of disease prevention and containment.|
|My mother brought home-cooked food, to express our gratitude, to anti-epidemic workers.|
|I will study hard and help build my hometown into a more beautiful pasturing village.|
(Source: Women of China English Monthly October 2020 issue)
December 11, 2020