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Making houses into quake-proof, comfortable homes (2)

By Ju Chuanjiang,Zhao Ruixue (Xinhua)

08:54, May 22, 2012

Enwer shared his pictures of Shandong with his fellow villagers and led the way in accepting the restoration.

Now standing in front of the nearly finished two-story compound, Enwer and his fellow villagers can't hold back their smiles.

"Now I wish I could live 100 years in the new house," said Enwer.

"All of the new houses in the four counties in Kashgar can stand up to magnitude-8 earthquakes. We have tried to maintain their original architectural and cultural characteristics after the renovation," said Wang Lisheng, deputy chief of the Shandong government branch for helping Xinjiang's development.

The 100 new houses in Enwer's village were all built with 80 square meters of living place and 500 square meters for raising livestock.

According to Wang, 18,400 new houses will have been built in the four counties by the end of this year.

In another village in Yengisar county, 72-year-old Nazimtic is no less excited when mentioning the new house he is about to move into.

The new houses in his village are not only equipped with tap water, solar-powered baths, separate kitchens and washrooms, and there are also squares for recreation, including a 500-meter corridor decorated with grapes.

In addition, seven greenhouses for vegetables have been built to the south of Nazimtic's village.

To help villagers master basic skills such as planting, maintenance and dress-designing, training classes have been held regularly and since last year more than 300 experts have been sent from Shandong to teach them skills.

Nineteen-year-old Amel, who is now good at managing flowers, can earn 1,300 yuan ($206) a month working in a flower company.

"I've gained loads of experience managing flowers. When I end my contract with the company, I'll open a flower shop," Amel said.

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