外文标题：Twenty Years of Transformation of Xichong……..Part 1
For a long time, I haven’t posted a blog on China. I have been waiting for my site to become functional, at least good enough to work on, for my patient and understanding friends, who may not have to tear their hair and swear and curse. I am posting this blog to finally check that it is reasonably ok. So you can find this blog at my own website beyoulin.com too and you are requested to visit there to check and leave a comment. I would also like to invite you to register there and post your blogs there as well.
This blog is about the Chinese city of Xichong. It was sent to me by one Chinese fan Mr. Young. Mr. Young, it seems to me is indeed quite young because, in the narration, he talks of his school, perhaps, he studies there.I reckon, he is not more than sixteen years old. What has amazed me is his awareness. I have made some corrections in his text but still have tried to keep the feelings, the thoughts he wanted to express, intact.
Thanks Mr. Young. Your blog is indeed thought provoking. Here is your blog.
XiChong(西 充) my home town is a county of SiChuan province ,China. It is under the administration of NanChong city. My hometown belongs to 6th-level city in China. It has 3000 years of history. Around 2000 ago，General JiXing（纪信, during a famous battle,sacrificed his life to save the Emperor LiuBang（刘邦）,who was founder of Han Dynasty. To honor the sacrifice of his loyal soldier the king named my hometown as the “town of loyalty”. It also has an interesting nickname “Kingdom of sweet potato” that it earned in the recent decades because in 1959~1961, millions of people died in the so called “great famine” caused as a result of “the great leap forward” during Mao’s period，but Xichong had the great-harvest of sweet potato just in that time that saved the lives of thousands people. That is how this town got a nickname of Kingdom of Sweet Potatoes.
First, I will show you some old pictures of the period between 1985 to 1990. At that time time my hometown was really very poor and was identified as national level-poverty county by central-government.
The following pictures are of 40th anniversary of National Day（1989）celebration
The Main Street- This picture is of the bridge connecting the City to the Main Street. Notice the narrow street and the crowds, thatched roofs and crumbling houses tell their own story.
Let me show to you some pictures depicting the condition of the city, the roads and the streets and the economic status of the people in 1990s