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VOICES | Times are new, We are moving


05 December 2018 | By Ma Xiaoyu | Copyedited by Zhao Yinfen

I

was born in Ningxia--the smallest province in the interior of China. When people talk about Ningxia, they usually think of a landscape of sand and desolation. As a girl from Ningxia, I’m distressed that I have been misunderstood. Someone once asked me, “do you go to school on horseback? Or do you usually take an archery exam?”

Actually Ningxia celebrated its 60th anniversary this year. We attract friends from all over the world, and they made such comments on Ningxia: Ningxia’s blue sky and white clouds subvert the impression of northwestern city; the wide eight-lane road overturns the secluded view.

I believe it is no accident that such great changes have taken place in Ningxia, especially since the reform and opening-up nearly 18 years ago.

When I was younger, my grandparents lived in the countryside. Every year when the Spring Festival came, my parents and I would go back to the countryside. It was freezing and we used a stove to heat. Then the air would be filled with coal smoke. Who had thought before long that we would be using floor heating ?

Moreover, it is reform and opening-up that enables Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region to make full use of its advantages. In Yinchuan, Ningxia, there is a wine producing area of Helan mountain Donglu, which is considered to be the best place for grape planting and wine brewing. In the past ten years, Ningxia red wine has become one of the most famous red wine brands in China. It is Reform and Opening-up that provides Ningxia red wine a chance to go abroad. In the 9th Asian Wine Quality Competition (2018), Ningxia red wine won 14 gold awards and 32 silver awards.

Also, Ningxia is the Hui Autonomous Region and home to many Muslims. It is clear that Ningxia plays a role in linking China with the Arab world. Since 2010, Ningxia has successfully hosted three China-Arab States Economic And Trade BBS and the First China-Arab States Expo, which have received wide welcome and enthusiastic participation from Arab countries and countries in the Muslim region.

I am lucky because I grew up during the fastest 18 years of reform and opening-up. It has set up a higher platform for college students of our generation. On this platform, we can show ourselves, exchange our ideas with people from other countries and cultures, and share our insight and observations. Reform and opening-up lets China know Ningxia, pushes Ningxia into the world and lets the world know China. Reform and opening-up will continue, because times are new and we are moving.

 

This is one of the award-winning speech scripts in the 2018 China Daily“21st Century · Coca-Cola Cup” National English Speaking Competition Shanghai Final. The author, Ma Xiaoyu, is an undergraduate student of SISU.

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