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Yuan He Hometown

It is the best little town that grew up to be a city

Yuan He was a small sleepy town in the 1960's, which has now became a vibrant city. I lived on a small street, which has been widened to be a wide road with city busses running on it. I lived in a small house, which has been torn down to make way for an apartment complex with stores on the ground floor. There are so many dramatic changes. Yet there are enough things to help me remember my childhood. It has been 31 years ago since I graduated from the primary school. On this visit my heart was moved by the sight of a street sign indicating an alley that I used to walk from our house to the primary school everyday. Our home address was #32. The largest movie theatre at Yuan He has now became vacant and dilapidated. Thankfully all the street vendors hawking all sort of good things to eat were still around. Driving by the several famous soybean milk and Chinese donut breakfast restaurants, such as Four Seas or Universal, bring back fond memories. I've been away from Yuan He both in term of great distance and time; however, I will never forget Yuan He which I call home.


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