Xinjiang Special / News

A village where beauty is natural

China Daily |  Updated:2021-08-19


Lohman Mamatniyaz cooking nang bread in Aopukan village, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. [Photo by Xing Wen/China Daily]

Every time Lohman Mamatniyaz prepares to work on the farm, he brings a shovel. Well, perhaps there's no surprise there, but it's what the shovel is used for that may raise a few eyebrows. As well as slicing through sod, it is also used for cooking.

The 50-year-old farmer rolls dough into a large circle and puts it in a hole he has dug. Then, he uses the shovel to cover it up with piping-hot charcoal and wood ash obtained from burning poplar branches.

After waiting for 20 minutes or so, he shovels it out. The buried dough has transformed into a nang, the staple wheat bread of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

After he brushes the dust off the nang with a clean towel, he can have his lunch.

"The nang cooked this way is very crispy, with a pleasant fragrance of poplar wood," he says.

It keeps the hunger at bay as the men work from dawn to dusk.

He lives in a village called Aopukan deep in the poplar forest that lies some 70 kilometers to the southeast of the downtown area of Shaya county in Xinjiang's Aksu prefecture.

It's a tradition observed by many residents in Aopukan village to use the ground as an "oven", when they farm or tend animals. And it has also become the key that has helped the village unlock the door to fame.

In 2016, Wang Jianbo, a photographer based in Shaya county, visited the village during a long-distance hike.

"I'm attracted by the wildness of the local scenery and the hospitality of its villagers," Wang says.

1 2 Next

Copyright 1995 - . All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.
License for publishing multimedia online 0108263

Registration Number: 130349