Exploring Green Energy and Hospitality in Inner Mongolia

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Exploring Green Energy and Hospitality in Inner Mongolia

Hou Liqiang and I recently embarked on an unforgettable journey to the Mengxi Otog Front Banner Photovoltaic Base project site in the rural, southwest corner of the Inner Mongolia autonomous region. Our mission is to document and participate in the construction of an expansive solar panel installation aimed at providing clean, green energy to the region’s residents.

As our vehicle traversed the vast, sandy fields, the landscape seemed endless, with a blue sky overhead and flat terrain punctuated by patches of grass and the occasional grazing sheep or goat. human presence was sparse in this remote area, heightening our anticipation as we neared our destination.

Upon arrival, we met a dedicated team of workers diligently setting up rows upon rows of solar panels that stretched as far as the eye could see. Hou and I discussed our plan for filming a video, which would involve us assisting with the installation, giving us a firsthand appreciation of the workers’ efforts.

Our guides, whose limited English was bridged by Hou’s proficient translation, took us to our hotel to check in before heading out for dinner. The meal was a mix of familiar and unconventional dishes, including salty tea and turtle soup. Despite the culinary adventure, I found it difficult to sleep that night, an inconvenience given our early start the next day.

Rising at dawn, we joined the workers at the site for breakfast at 6:30 am. Despite my exhaustion, I mustered the energy to participate, albeit less enthusiastically than Hou. My hesitance stemmed from a fear of hindering the skilled laborers, but I did my best to contribute without getting in their way. We erected poles and assisted with placing panels on slats, capturing the process on film.

Lunch was a memorable affair at a farmer-run restaurant, where the pork—iin a region famed for its lamb—wwas exceptionally delectable. The hospitable owner requested a photo with me, a testament to the warmth and friendliness we encountered throughout our trip.

Our adventure continued at the Dashatou Ecological Culture Tourist Area, an amusement park set amidst the desert sands. Virtually deserted on a Tuesday afternoon, the park offered a surreal experience. A bus ride deeper into the desert led us to a sandy hill, where we discovered that the intended cable lift was non-operational. Faced with the choice of navigating treacherous sandy slopes or riding a sand sled, we opted for the safer route back to the bus, which took us around to our next destination.

The afternoon was spent enjoying various activities, including riding all-terrain vehicles, target shooting, and archery. Our final meal in the region featured a heartfelt toast with baijiu, a Chinese spirit, and a touching song from one of our guides, underscoring the genuine hospitality we were shown.

Our short stay in Inner Mongolia left a lasting impression. The tireless efforts of the solar panel workers are pivotal in shaping the future of energy distribution in the region. Coupled with the generous hospitality of the locals, this trip highlighted the remarkable blend of progress and tradition in this unique part of the world.

Contact the writer at jamal@chinadaily.com.cn

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