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Dear friends,
I am writing to you from a tiny village named Guodong, in the Minqin County of Gansu Province in Northwest China. This is the first stop of my four-month Silk Road trip.    

The Minqin County of China is battling against desertification.

Like most parts in Minqin County – a shrinking oasis sandwiched by two advancing deserts – Guodong Village is dry and sandy. On a windy day, which most days are, sands would sweep in from the nearby Tengger Desert, coating everything with dust.    

And if what the locals called “black wind” hit the County, the ferocity of the wind would trigger massive sandstorm, reducing visibility to zero, turning daylight to darkness, and destroying crops and homes. Such a storm had wrecked havoc in the County just a month before I arrived.    

The villagers are puzzled by my choice of travel destination. To them, to say that I am here for a leisure trip would sound like a mockery.    

Am I here to enjoy the regular dust storm? Or am I here to taste the bitter underground water due to over exploitation of aquifers? Or am I here to admire the sight of a village being swallowed up by the desert?    

This has become an unlikely tour in the trail of desertification…… (more…)

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马俊河与相差四岁的哥哥,自小在父亲严厉的管教下成长。“好好学习,天天向上”是不折不扣的座右铭,而天天向上的最终目标,按父亲寄予的厚望,是两兄弟们都考上大学,走出民勤。 

同样的高压家教下,两兄弟却走出了不一样的道路。 

老大循规蹈矩,没辜负父亲的重望,完成大学教育后,在另一个省份找到了安稳的工作,后来还把家人接了出去,告别了风大沙多的民勤,退去了农民的身份。 

老二马俊河则在年少时进入叛逆期。喜欢阅读、书法、把玩乐器的他,觉得学校制度没意思,高中没念完就辍学;十七、八岁时,他也离开了民勤,为的却是逃避父亲的管教。 

他一边打工,一边远走他乡——浙江、广东、四川、云南都有他的足迹。十载春秋,大江南北绕了一圈后,他却又回到了原点。 (more…)

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