Chinese President Xi Jinping receives warm welcome from villagers in Golmud City, northwest China's Qinghai Province during inspection visit, Aug. 22, 2016. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)
GOLMUD, Qinghai, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- "Tashi delek (Good luck), President Xi!" said a Tibetan villager in Golmud City, northwest China's Qinghai Province, which had a festive atmosphere as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived on Monday.
Local villagers present President Xi Jinping with white hada scarf and barley wine during the greetings in Golmud City, Qinghai Province, Aug. 22, 2016. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)
The villagers gave greetings to Xi and presented him with a pure white hada scarf and some highland barley wine.
President Xi Jinping talks with Sengye, one of the villagers at his Tibetan-style sitting-room in Changjiangyuan village in Golmud City, Qinghai Province, Aug. 22, 2016. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)
"Life has become better and I feel my dream fulfilled," Sengye, one of the villagers, told Xi who was visiting his home and asking about living conditions.
Sengye was one of the herdsmen who moved out of the Sanjiangyuan region, where China's three major rivers - the Yangtze River, the Yellow River and the Lancang River - flow thousands of kilometers through most parts of the country, forming the world's highest plateau wetland, also known as the "Asian watertower." Hoping to protect the fragile ecological system, China established the Sanjiangyuan Nature Reserve in 2000. Since 2004, China has started moving people out of the region to rebuild the environment hurt by global warming, overgrazing and increasing human activities.
President Xi Jinping receives warm welcome from villagers in Changjiangyuan village in Golmud City, Qinghai Province, Aug. 22, 2016. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)
Sengye told Xi that before the move, they led a nomadic life -- living in tents, sleeping on the ground, and their lamp oil was made of sheep oil.
Ever since they moved to new houses the government built for them, they have lived more convenient and comfortable lives with all kinds of furniture and home appliances.
"An even happier life is yet to come. I wish you all health and longevity," said Xi.
Xi also visited a dock at Qinghai Salt Lake Potash Company Limited on Monday.
President Xi Jinping listens to staff intruducing the utilization of salt lake resources in Golmud City, Qinghai Province, Aug. 22, 2016. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)
Listening to a talk about the utilization of salt lake resources, Xi also learned about the company's business operation, the upgrading of industrial technology, and the development of the bio-industry.
After learning that the company had set the goal of becoming the biggest of its kind worldwide in the next five to 10 years, Xi commended their spirit and morale.
"The salt lake is the most important resource in Qinghai, and the province should make good use of it under the premise of protecting the ecosystem with correct strategies," said Xi.
President Xi Jinping greets workers from Qinghai Salt Lake Potash Company Limited during his visit in Golmud City, Qinghai Province, Aug. 22, 2016. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)
Xi called on Qinghai to set a good example by maintaing the balance of utilization and protection of natural resources.