we and our yellow river: thriving together
good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. the issue of the yellow river has become the biggest concern of members of the chinese peoples political consultative conference. my childhood, in fact, is closely associated with the river. my father is an engineering geologist, and he used to take me with him on his trips to the hydropower stations on the river. i enjoyed those trips, especially the trip to longyang xia reservoir. although ten years have passed since my visit, i can still recall the scenery; i can still recall the water i saw at the reservoir. it was pure, clean and blue, not like the water i saw in the middle reaches of the river, which had turned brown and muddy after passing through the loess plateau.
once during our stay at the power station, we were caught in a thunderstorm. and when rain stopped, i could see trickles of water rolling down mountain slopes and flowing into the reservoir. it carried little mud or sand, because at that time, trees and grass still grew around the reservoir. and they protected the soil. at longyang xia i was struck by the beauty of nature, and as a child i wanted to stay there and to grow up with our yellow river.