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South Africa: Beyond Diamonds and Wild Animals |南非

A “Europe” in Africa
Somebody said South Africa looks like a small United Nations in terms of its diverse buildings. That’s somewhat true. You can see nearly all the European architectural styles in that country.
I saw a typical Dutch-style house when I was visiting a wine company in Cape Town; it featured white walls covered by a roof of thick grass. South Africa is first mentioned in books dating back to 1488, when the Portuguese sailor Bartholomew Diaz first found the Cape of Good Hope. Some 160 years later, migrants settled and established the first European colony. So most of Dutch-style houses we can see now are in the Western Cape.
The style changes in downtown Cape Town, though. The city is dominated by the gothic-style architecture and along many streets with European names. Close to those tall buildings are many simple one-or two-story houses which, as I was told, were built for servants and slaves 100 year ago. The houses had no address numbers at all. People later painted those houses in different colors to identify them. Those houses now look a little odd but are interesting.
Now I must mention Soweto. It’s a big township5 where a large number of small houses are located. I was told that this is the famous “Black City”—Soweto, the largest black community in the world covering 100 square km. Nearly 4 million black people live there. Among the houses is the old residence of former President Nelson Mandela. Though crowded, the houses did not look as bad as I had expected. A local guide told me that the houses were much better than before, as the government had allowed the blacks to buy their own houses and given them subsidies6 to decorate the houses.
Fantastic Cape Town
Cape Town might be the most beautiful city in the world. When you see the pure sky, the blue ocean, the white sand, the colorful buildings, the charming harbors, the strangely-shaped mountain and the unique confluence of two oceans, you might agree with me.
Take the famous Table Mountain. It is a stone mountain with its peak reaching about 1,000 meters above sea level. The mountain looks very strange as the top is flat and seems to have been cut by God. This makes it look like a huge table hanging above Cape Town. People have to ride a cable7 car to get to the top since it’s very difficult to climb. While standing on the peak, you can enjoy the fantastic scene of the whole of Cape Town, the blue sea around the city and Robben Island, where Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years.
People like speaking Chinese
Most of the people I met in South Africa were very nice and friendly. News stories about a group of Chinese being attacked in South Africa earlier this year had scared many Chinese.
I, along with the others from Chinese media, were very happy to see the smiling faces. To my surprise, many South Africans spoke a few words of Chinese. When we were touring the square, a friendly young fruit vendor8 shouted at us: “Chang chang! Chang chang!”. “Ni hao” was heard very often not only in hotels and restaurants, but also in shopping centers and some companies.
What further surprised me was that many people there knew about Shenzhen. The first South African I met was Schoeman, the counselor9 of the South African Embassy in Beijing. He looked happy when I introduced myself, and said: “Shenzhen, a beautiful city.” I heard the same words later from Maseko, CEO of Government Communication and Information System.
Once an official in Beijing asked Maseko which city in China he liked most, he answered without hesitation:“I know most of you come from Beijing or Shanghai, but I want to say Shenzhen.”“Why?” I asked. “Shenzhen is an amazing young city with fast development. South Africa is also a young country. I believe we can learn from Shenzhen in many ways,” Maseko said.




1. game reserve 野生动物保护区
2. conservation  n. 保存;保持
3. leopard  n. 豹
4. enthusiastic  adj. 热心的,热情的
5. township n. 镇区(在南非是指在种族隔离时代由白人政府建立的一种族隔离区域,作为有色人种的居住区。)
6. subsidy   n. 补助金, 津贴
7. cable  n. 巨缆;钢索
8. vendor n. 小贩
9. counselor  n. 参赞