[Kyrgyzstan] Abdizhalilova Umsunai, Minzu University of China
In the US movie Flipped, there was a line: “But every once in a while you find someone who’s iridescent, and when you do, nothing will ever compare.” Chinese novelist Han Han once turned it to “斯人若彩虹,遇上方知有” which means When you find someone shines like rainbows, your flame of love grows. What a beautiful whisper of love! And I have the same feeling for this country: China shines like rainbows.
China Shines Like Rainbows: Red China
China is a warmhearted and harmonious country, and the red color has been soaked in all aspects of China and has become a symbol of the Chinese nation. Red lanterns are raised up during festivals; Red envelops containing gift money are given to newlyweds as a token of blessing… red is widely used as decoration and ornament. I remember I had heard of the saying, “If miracles have color, it must be China red.” In a complicated and fast-changing world today, China red is like a burning fire, breaking through the night sky and lighting the way forward for the Chinese people.
China red also represents China’s political power. In the 28 years before the founding of the People’s Republic of China, red represents the revolution and fight against oppression. In the 70 years after its founding, red symbolizes the political establishment and state power of the republic. Under the leadership of the Red Party, the Chinese people are united as one as they keep working hard in their modernization drive. In just 70 years, great changes have taken place in China.
China Shines Like Rainbows: Green China
China is a country full of vigor and vitality, like a new green seed in the morning sun, sprouting out from under the ground, soaring up and thriving every single day. In 2009, China’s minimum basic monthly wage was a mere 800 yuan, and now, it has surpassed 1, 500 yuan, almost doubled, thus uplifting people’s living standards in a steady way. In China, people do not need to bring cash when going out.
With a mobile phone in hand, people can buy whatever they want using WeChat pay or Alipay, as almost all shops accept mobile payment with their eye-catching QR codes posted in the shops. Prevailing in the cities, China’s mobile payment revolution is now making inroads into villages across the country, bringing convenience and changes to the vast rural populace. In 2008, China’s first high-speed rail with a speed of 350 km/h was put into operation. In just 10 years, China has built up a crisscrossed network of high-speed rails across the country.
China has a vast territory. Its high-speed railway network facilitates people’s travel and business. China has already started to build high-speed railways abroad. It is predicable that there will soon be a huge transportation network across Asia, which will facilitate tourism and travel as well as cultural and business exchanges of many countries, thus achieving common prosperity.
China Shines Like Rainbows: Blue China
China is a peace-loving and tranquil country with great tolerance. While cherishing its own independence, China does not seek military alliance or military expansion. It fully respects other countries’ sovereignty and territorial integrity, and is committed to peaceful co-existence, co-development and cooperation with all countries. Moreover, in recent years, China has been actively participating in international rescue and aid.
In 2005, when a major earthquake struck Pakistan, the Chinese government immediately donated $20. 5 million worth disaster-relief materials; in 2010, Haiti suffered a 7-magnitude earthquake, and the Chinese government donated 100 million yuan with no strings attached… such examples are too many to count. How cannot you but love China? Such a peaceful and great country, so tolerant as if accommodating all the noises and troubles of this world.
China looks like a country on the rainbow, glittering with red passion, green development, blue serenity, orange vitality and purple mystery… When I stepped on its mystic soils, my heart was full of yearning and timidity. And now I find this land is accepting me, giving me new opportunities and raising me up along with her. China shines like rainbows, and my love for her ever grows.
The story is from "My Beautiful Encounter with China" Essay Competition organized by the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchanges (CSCSE).