Mountains and Seas We Walk Over, at Qingdao We Gather
Galina, the Russian Scientist who “Mines for Gold” with Her Daughter in Qingdao
Sidiakina Galina, an academician of the Russian Academy of Mining Science, has been dedicated to the selecting and breeding of high-efficiency microflora to absorb, dissolve and replace the gold in the ore pulp. In 2012, she came to Qingdao and worked on the industrialization of the technology. Her research has been listed as a key foreign expert project under China’s State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs. Now Galina works for more than three months in Qingdao each year.
Galina is 73 this year. Her daughter is also a member of the microbe gold concentration team, who used to settle in Greece and hardly had time to be with Galina. But now, as both of them live and work in Qingdao, they have more time for family reunion.
Mikhail, a Kyrgyzstan Businessman and an “Entrepreneur” in Qingdao
Mikhail is from Kyrgyzstan. He is 29 years old and has lived in China for eight years. Four years ago, he came to Qingdao and established two companies.
The reason why he chose to start his businesses in Qingdao lied in that Qingdao Port has been continuously enlarging its overseas “circle of friends”, which is something that his companies need. Currently the tires that Mikhail produces are being exported to countries and regions such as the US, Russia, Korea, Czech Republic and Greece.
A Chinese tea set, Mikhail’s most cherished “treasure”, is placed in the corner of his office by the window. “Like everybody else in Qingdao, I love Laoshan Green Tea the most. Its refreshing sweetness always endows me with inner peace.”
Ari, the Pakistani Hotel Manager, Says that Qingdao is Increasingly International
Karachi, Pakistan is a coastal city like Qingdao. Ari, a Pakistani from Karachi, works as the manager of a western-style restaurant at a five-star hotel. He says that the longer he lives and works here, the more he thinks of Qingdao as another hometown.
The number of foreign customers in Ari’s restaurant is increasing. Some of them have even become regular customers and good friends of Ari. “Hotels are a city’s windows facing the outside world. The more foreign customers there are, the more open and international a city is.”
“As I look out through the restaurant window, I can see high-rises along the coastline. The city is indeed becoming more and more international,” says Ari, smiling.
Anchen, a Student from Tajikistan, Shows His Support for the Beautiful City of Qingdao
In 2016, Anchen passed the exam of the Confucius Institute and came to Qingdao for further study with a scholarship.
After he came to Qingdao, Anchen loves the city even more. “The first time I took the bus to school from the airport, I realized how beautiful the city was as I looked at the sceneries along the way. My campus, facing the vast sea with warm spring breeze and blossoming flowers, is even more fascinating.”
According to Anchen, the Belt & Road Initiative has been implemented in great depth in both China and Tajikistan. Today more and more Chinese people go to Tajikistan and an increasing number of Tajikistanis start to learn Chinese. Walking in the street of Tajikistan, many locals would greet Chinese people with “ni hao” (“hello” in Chinese).
Dilmurat, an Uzbekistani Technician, Hopes His Son Can Go to College in Qingdao
Dilmurat, 46-year-old from Uzbekistan, has been working for two years in Qingdao. As a technician who job-hopped to China, he is satisfied with his life here.
Dilmurat loves visiting Qingdao’s universities lately. “I have two daughters and a son, I hope my son can do his undergraduate studies in Qingdao. That’s why I take the time to visit all the campuses.” says Dilmurat.
Dilmurat has many expectations and wishes for the convening of the SCO Qingdao Summit, “Uzbekistan was on the ancient Silk Road. Now it is involved in the Belt & Road and is a member of the SCO. The ties between the two countries in economy, trade and culture will definitely be increasingly close.”
Badru, an Indian Dancer who has Taught over 500 Students in Qingdao
Badru, the Indian dancer, started learning dance when he was 9 years old. Holding an MBA degree, he did not work in the financial industry as his family hoped. Instead he became a professional dancer, which had always been his dream. With the love of Qingdao, he came here and became an instructor of Indian dance.
“I’ve been teaching Indian dance in Qingdao for more than two years and have taught a total of over 500 students. They all love Indian dance.” Badru has completely got used to the life in Qingdao. He loves drinking beer while eating seafood, especially crabs. “Mount Laoshan, with the sea on one side and mountains on the other, is particularly grandiose.”
Meruyert, a Kazakhstani Student Whose Name is Closely Connected to Qingdao
23-year-old Meruyert is from Alma-Ata, the largest city in Kazakhstan. Ever since she was little, she has been dreaming of studying and living in China. Since 2014, she has developed a tight bond with Qingdao. Her Kazakhstani name, translated into Chinese, means “pearl”.
Meruyert loves Qingdao’s red tiles, green trees, blue sea and azure sky as well as Chinese people’s courage to brave difficulties and dedication to their work. In college, in addition to studying, she also enjoys traveling, running, singing and experiencing traditional Chinese culture.
(青报全媒体记者 周晓峰 郭菁荔 刘 岱 郑文斌 周 伟 图/文)