Tuerdi Baike: Delivering Mail on the Roof of the World2014-10-28
Tuerdi Baike [China Post]

In early spring, the road from Akto County to Qiaerlong Township is often still covered with accumulated snow and mud. Located in the Kizilsu Kirgiz Autonomous Prefecture in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, the region is often called 'the roof of the world'.

It is here that Tuerdi Baike, the township's village mail carrier, has been working for the past 16 years. A stalwart man with an ever ready smile, he climbs the 5,000-meter Tegeinaiqike Mountain Ridge, the nearest route to Akto County, to deliver the mail every week. Last year, the postal bureau finally gave him a motorbike. "Riding the motorbike is much faster than riding a horse, but for some villages with bad traffic conditions, I have to ride a horse or pull a donkey," said Tuerdi.

Qiaerlong lies in the west of the county and is part of the northern Kunlun Mountain. The township, covering more than 2,000 square kilometers, has five administrative villages, 11 village groups and one ranch. However, it only has 4,000 residents. The linear distance from Qiaerlong to the county town is more than 120 kilometers, but the driving distance is more than 400 kilometers and takes seven hours. Mail transferring in Qiaerlong is crucial for mail delivery on the five postal routes of Keziletao Township, Akedala Ranch, Kusilafu Township, Taer Township and Qiaerlong Township in the southwest of Akto County. When mail on the five routes is transferred to Keziletao Township, Tuerdi will transport the mail to Akedala Ranch and Qiaerlong Township.

A Useful Messenger

In order to keep the villagers updated on news from the outside world, Tuerdi has been enthusiastically recommending technological newspapers and magazines to them. The villagers have benefited from obtaining useful information from newspaper subscriptions and Tuerdi has also promoted agricultural regulations and policies among them. He also helps deliver food, tea and medications to their homes. After he heard that a villager's son got a high score on a politics exam and was admitted into a good high school because he always read the Kizilsu Newspaper, he told all the villagers about this and more villagers subscribed to newspapers and magazines.

During the past 16 years, Tuerdi has spent more than two thirds of his time walking alone among the snowy mountains to deliver the mail. He has traveled more than 200,000 kilometers collectively and delivered more than 100,000 copies of newspapers and magazines and approximately 10,000 letter and packages. Years of arduous work and hardships have not worn down his passion for the job. In fact, he says that being a mail carrier in such a harsh terrain has taught him the value of life and responsibility. In March 2013, he was rated as a moral model by the government of Kizilsu. The secretary of the county's party committee said, "Tuerdi may be just a normal mail carrier, but his devotion to the job makes him an exemplary and noble man. We all need to learn from his whole-hearted dedication."

(China Post)

Tuerdi Baike: Delivering Mail on the Roof of the World
2014-10-28          0 Comment
Tuerdi Baike [China Post]

In early spring, the road from Akto County to Qiaerlong Township is often still covered with accumulated snow and mud. Located in the Kizilsu Kirgiz Autonomous Prefecture in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, the region is often called 'the roof of the world'.

It is here that Tuerdi Baike, the township's village mail carrier, has been working for the past 16 years. A stalwart man with an ever ready smile, he climbs the 5,000-meter Tegeinaiqike Mountain Ridge, the nearest route to Akto County, to deliver the mail every week. Last year, the postal bureau finally gave him a motorbike. "Riding the motorbike is much faster than riding a horse, but for some villages with bad traffic conditions, I have to ride a horse or pull a donkey," said Tuerdi.

Qiaerlong lies in the west of the county and is part of the northern Kunlun Mountain. The township, covering more than 2,000 square kilometers, has five administrative villages, 11 village groups and one ranch. However, it only has 4,000 residents. The linear distance from Qiaerlong to the county town is more than 120 kilometers, but the driving distance is more than 400 kilometers and takes seven hours. Mail transferring in Qiaerlong is crucial for mail delivery on the five postal routes of Keziletao Township, Akedala Ranch, Kusilafu Township, Taer Township and Qiaerlong Township in the southwest of Akto County. When mail on the five routes is transferred to Keziletao Township, Tuerdi will transport the mail to Akedala Ranch and Qiaerlong Township.

A Useful Messenger

In order to keep the villagers updated on news from the outside world, Tuerdi has been enthusiastically recommending technological newspapers and magazines to them. The villagers have benefited from obtaining useful information from newspaper subscriptions and Tuerdi has also promoted agricultural regulations and policies among them. He also helps deliver food, tea and medications to their homes. After he heard that a villager's son got a high score on a politics exam and was admitted into a good high school because he always read the Kizilsu Newspaper, he told all the villagers about this and more villagers subscribed to newspapers and magazines.

During the past 16 years, Tuerdi has spent more than two thirds of his time walking alone among the snowy mountains to deliver the mail. He has traveled more than 200,000 kilometers collectively and delivered more than 100,000 copies of newspapers and magazines and approximately 10,000 letter and packages. Years of arduous work and hardships have not worn down his passion for the job. In fact, he says that being a mail carrier in such a harsh terrain has taught him the value of life and responsibility. In March 2013, he was rated as a moral model by the government of Kizilsu. The secretary of the county's party committee said, "Tuerdi may be just a normal mail carrier, but his devotion to the job makes him an exemplary and noble man. We all need to learn from his whole-hearted dedication."

(China Post)

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