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My Heart Belongs to Xinjiang: Offspring of Expats Li Yizu
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    Li Yizu is providing his expertise to CCTV documentary team. [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com]

    Li Yizu himself is a role model according to his own standards. In his 70s, he is still providing his expertise to documentary teams and geological exploration teams and sharing his knowledge with children. He says he is a man who always stays foolish and stays hungry, since he believes the best scenery of life just comes from endless climbing which will take a man to new heights.

    "People always say I am energetic when going outside. I have a special feeling about working in the field. The picturesque landscape of our country is very inspiring. To tramp over hills and dales can be hard, but I never want to give up. Sometimes I feel tired and don't want to continue climbing, but once I climb up, I think everything is worth the effort."

    Fifty-four years have passed since Li Yizu came to Xinjiang. With so many ups and downs in his past, his life seems more than legendary. However, Li insists that he is just an ordinary Chinese who loves the land he walks upon.

    "I have been here for 54 years. It's very meaningful to live in such a fantastic place with beautiful mountains and rivers, and of course, lovely people. People always say I am a man with a foreigner's face, but a Chinese heart. I was raised by a Chinese mother. My heart will belong to China forever. Now I am in my 70s. I just want to do something useful, and try my best to do them well."

    The old man smiles proudly and satisfied. It's obvious he has been living the way he wants, with dignity, courage, intelligence and composure.

    Author:    Source: CRI     Editor: Yang Fan

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