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17:36 | Jan 09 | 2013

The Big wheel of the village

A Chinese village headman told a story of his career path and the desire to make a stay in Yakutia.

There is this village named Huaxi in China, in about two hours’ drive from Shanghai that the Chinese themselves call “Number one village in China”. Recently, Maria Khristoforova, the General Director of “Sitim” Media Group visited this wonderful village and talked to its Head U Zhenbao. Maria found out who he is, the man who “built Communism in a given village” despite the militant market economy and even invited him to come to Yakutia.

Discreet charm of the Chinese head of the village
U Zhenbao’s residence is at a nondescript two-story detached house. Modest decoration of the Head’s office strikes with its simplicity, and he, like most of the key people in China dresses simply, in a black paramilitary cut outfit, black shoes with white soles. It seems that in this country all working people look like this.
Comrade U Zhenbao rarely meets guests or journalists. But he gives a lot of time and effort to meeting with the working population of China. Thousands of the best people, the best workers from all over the country come to him every day to learn the secrets of Huaxi. For example, after a meeting with us U Zhenbao gave a lecture to a group of thousand listeners.
Originally the conversation with us was scheduled for 15 minutes. But when the meeting was announced to be finished, U Zhenbao said: “She came from far away. I would like to ask her a lot of questions as well.” So, the conversation lasted a while longer.

With wishes of the best in life
U Zhenbao was willingly talking about himself and his family. His parents were farmers, though his father was a highly cultured, educated and wealthy person. After 23 years of fruitful work due to years of drought and a series of circumstances, he was forced to cease business. His mother also was knowledgeable and having received a puritanical education at home, raised her children in the same traditional manner.
U Zhenbao went to a private school when he was seven. He was 11 when the Japanese occupation began and he was forced to leave motherland. When the boy turned 18, he realized he did not want to become an ordinary worker, and since his return home was engaged in manufacture of textiles. He joined the Communist Party, having celebrated his 23rd birthday and is still a member now - almost for sixty years, since 1953. U Zhenbao is sure that since then people's mind sets and their spirit have undergone significant changes and the party building transformation made it more open.
The headman has five children: four sons and one daughter. They all live in the village of Huaxi, work as minor officials. U Zhenbao adds: “They work well. It is not my opinion of my children – people praise them. There are those who say that I made my children into superiors. But being an officer I worked all my life for the benefit of my people. Some officials migrate to other cities or countries. Why? They are much richer than we are. In my mind, our specialty is that we adhere to the socialist structure unique to Chinese characteristics. This is the most advanced socialism. A lot was told about communism but we only evaluate the results of our labor. Therefore, we can undoubtedly say: the best way is to have Chinese socialism.”
Answering the question “What would you wish to the citizens of Yakutia and our readers?” U Zhenbao said, “Let the Yakuts come to us and see everything with their own eyes. I wish them the best in life!”

Wanting to know about Yakutia
Huaxi village Headman got very interested in Yakutia. The first thing he asked was how far it is from Moscow. Upon learning that it takes 6 hours to get to the capital of Russia by plane, and only 4 hours to get to the capital of China, and the fact that less than a million people live in a place equal to the territory of five Frances U Zhenbao asked guests from Yakutia a million questions: “How much is tourism developed? Is there a state company engaged in tourism? What remarkable places are there? Do people from China come there? Is it possible to host more than 100 people at the same time?” As the Head pointed out, tourism is one of the major lines of business. And he urged visitors to cooperate in this field.
Obviously, tourism is just beginning to develop in Yakutia. The Ministry for Business and Tourism is working on this. People from all over the world come to admire the Lena Pillars and other beautiful places of the Republic. Including people from China. The national epic Olonkho is included in the UNESCO list of “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”. Mass performances of the national mouth harm - khomus - players and the national round dance osuokhay are included in the Guinness World Records. And it's all part of the national holiday Ysyakh. We were pleased to tell U Zhenbao about our traditions and not only invited him to visit Yakutia, but also be a guest at our national holiday Ysyakh. He thanked for the invitation and said that it would be great to come to the Republic.

The Number one village
After the conversation we were able to visit comrade U Zhenbao’s lecture. A thousand people were waiting for him in a spacious and festively decorated room. Traditionally, U Zhenbao talks for 40 minutes after which a 30-minute film about the past and the present of the Huaxi village is shown to the guests. Next comes an hour long concert featuring singers, dancers, circus performers and, of course, children. The eternal struggle between good and evil is depicted in traditional Chinese genres. The splendor of clothes, voice and technique worthy of the best opera halls is striking. After that happy foremost workers go to have a dinner at a five-star hotel restaurant. It is needless to describe the abundance of hospitable hosts’ tables in both European and Chinese dishes.
The sightseeing tour of Huaxi is an outstanding pleasure, where one can find, for example, a park where one may see the copies of all the great buildings of the world: the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, the Great Wall of China, etc. It is well worth paying a visit to the museum of Huaxi, the “golden rooms” of the hotel, the local school. A “happy Huaxi children” street runs past the school. One can only admire all the splendor of the school which has several stadiums, campuses, a pond with goldfish, and a library where books by authors who have finished the same school are concentrated. Clearly, the Huaxi village is worth seeing as to why the locals have assigned “number one” status among other villages of China to it.

Maria Khristoforova