Tradition continues amid new age of convenience

China Daily | Updated: 2024-01-13 11:22
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A bird's-eye view of the home of herder Habudelashen near the snowcapped and picturesque Barluk Mountains in Yumin county, Tacheng prefecture, Xinjiang. A road passing his home makes it easier for the family to get into and out of town. [Photo/Xinhua]

With his wife running a convenience store and his younger daughter studying at the Xinjiang Medical University, Habudelashen Nusupbek, a herder in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, still lives and cherishes the nomadic life that his ancestors practiced for centuries.

He and his son migrate with their livestock to the pastureland, which offers a warm climate and fresh grass as they follow the seasons.

The only difference is that his family has access to schools, electricity and modern healthcare. Today, life on the pasture has changed a lot. Vehicles, satellite televisions and smartphones have become daily objects. Kerosene lamps and candles have been replaced by solar-powered devices. For many nomadic families in Xinjiang, the country's modernization drive has brought benefits to their daily lives.

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