Posted by Grace Feng on March 7, 2013
Have you ever heard of a place called 罗布泊 Luóbùbó Lop Nur? When you look at the picture below, it’s hard to believe that the desert you’re looking at was actually the second largest inland lake in China in the history. However, due to both natural reasons and human intervention, the lake was finally dried up after 1972. The area of 罗布泊 Luóbùbó has attracted lots of archaeologists and adventurers to explore its mysterious Tocharian culture and unique landscape.
What’s more enchanting about Lop Nur is, the large dried up lake basin has secretly swallowed many of its visitors without mercy. Among them, there had been one unresolved case, no matter how many people had tried, no matter how hard people had tried, 33 years later, it is still kept as a mystery: the missing of a famous renowned scientist: 彭加木 Péng jiā mù.
I’d like to write down the story in Elmentary level Chinese. You’re recommended to read the Chinese version first without any help from its English translation. After you’ve done that, move on with pinyin, vocab and translation to help you with more in-depth learning.
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彭加木 Péng jiā mù was the leader of a nine-person scientific exploration team that set out to 罗布泊 Luóbùbó Lop Nur on May 2, 1980. They first spent a month to explore across Lop Nur from north to south. After only 5 days’ rest, they headed east into Lop Nur again. On June 16, they only had very little water, food and gas left, that’s when the story began…(photo credit: www.yn.xinhuanet.com)
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一个队员打开水箱. 水箱里的水很浑. “这水不能喝了!”
shī zōng 
1980 nián 6 yuè 16 rì, Luóbùbó。
zhèngwǔ, tàiyang rúhuǒ.
” duì zhǎng， nǐ kàn!”
yī gè duìyuán dǎkāi shuǐxiāng. shuǐxiāng lǐ de shuǐ hěn hún. ” zhè shuǐ bùnéng hē le!”
Péng jiā mù kàn le kàn shuǐxiāng lǐ de shuǐ, wèn tā，” wǒmen háiyǒu duōshao néng hē de shuǐ?”
duì yuán kàn le kàn qítā de shuǐxiāng， duì Péng jiā mù shuō，” háiyǒu liǎng tiān néng hē de shuǐ。”
Péng jiā mù kànkan Luóbùbó zhè piàn shāmò， yòu kànkan zìjǐ de chēduì hé rén， duì tā de duìyuán shuō，” wǒmen kěyǐ xiàng bùduì yào shuǐ。 dàn bùduì hěn yuǎn。”
duìyuán shuō，” duìzhǎng， bùduì huì yǒubànfǎ kuài yīxiē gěi wǒmen sòng shuǐ de。”
Péng jiā mù diǎn le diǎn tóu，” èn， wǒmen hái yào qìyóu， méiyǒu qìyóu， wǒmen jiù méibànfǎ zǒu chūqù le。”
nàtiān wǎnshang， Péng jiā mù hé jiǔ gè duìyuán zàiyīqǐ kāihuì。 dàjiā dōu tóngyì xiàng bùduì yào shuǐ hé qìyóu。
nà wǎn jiǔ diǎn bàn, Péng jiā mù xiàng bùduì fā xìnxī， yào bùduì sòng shuǐ hé qìyóu。
|Simplified Chinese||Traditional Chinese||Mandarin Pinyin||English Definition|
|失踪||失蹤||shi1 zong1||to be missing; to disappear|
|水箱||水箱||shui3 xiang1||water tank|
|队员||隊員||dui4 yuan2||team member|
|队长||隊長||dui4 zhang3||captain; team leader|
|办法||辦法||ban4 fa3||means; method|
|一些||一些||yi1 xie1||some; a little;|
|同意||同意||tong2 yi4||to agree; to consent|
一個隊員打開水箱. 水箱裏的水很渾. “這水不能喝了!”
Lop Nur, June 16, 1980.
At noon, the sun was burning.
“Chief, look at this!”
A team member opened a water tank, the water inside was turning dirty. “We can’t drink this water!”
Peng Jia Mu looked inside the water tank and asked, “How much drinkable water we have left?”
The team member checked other water tanks and told him, “We still have drinkable water for another two days.”
Looking at the desert of Lop Nur and his own group of cars and men, Peng Jia Mu said to his team member :”We can ask the army to send us water, but the army is far away.”
The team member said,”the army should be able to find a way to send water to us soon.”
“Um, we also need gas, without gas, we can not find other ways to get out of here.”
That night, Peng Jia Mu and all nine team members had a meeting, they all agreed to ask for the army to send them water and gas.
At 9:30 that night, Peng Jia Mu sent a message to the army, asking for water and gas.
To be continued …
Reading Comprehension Test of 失踪 (Missing) 1
to see how long their water supply last
to see if there was anything in those water tanks
to see if any water tank was broken
do not ask help from the army
ask army to send them not only water, but also gas
ask army to bring them out of Lop Nur
to ask the army to get them out of Lop Nur
to ask the army to deliver water and food for them
to ask the army to deliver water and gas for them
To navigate other chapters of short story "失踪", click here:
- Chinese readings: A Real Mystery Story in Lop Nur 失踪 (Missing) 12 [Elementary]
- Chinese readings: A Real Mystery Story in Lop Nur 失踪 (Missing) 11 [Elementary]
- Chinese readings: A Real Mystery Story in Lop Nur 失踪 (Missing) 10 [Elementary]
- Chinese readings: A Real Mystery Story in Lop Nur 失踪 (Missing) 9 [Elementary]
- Chinese readings: A Real Mystery Story in Lop Nur 失踪 (Missing) 8 [Elmentary]
- Chinese readings: A Real Mystery Story in Lop Nur 失踪 (Missing) 7 [Elmentary]
- Chinese readings: A Real Mystery Story in Lop Nur 失踪 (Missing) 6 [Elmentary]
- Chinese readings: A Real Mystery Story in Lop Nur 失踪 (Missing) 5 [Elmentary]
- Chinese readings: A Real Mystery Story in Lop Nur 失踪 (Missing) 4 [Elmentary]
- Chinese readings: A Real Mystery Story in Lop Nur 失踪 (Missing) 3 [Elmentary]
- Chinese readings: A Real Mystery Story in Lop Nur 失踪 (Missing) 2 [Elmentary]
- Chinese readings: A Real Mystery Story in Lop Nur 失踪 (Missing) 1 [Elmentary]
Category: Chinese short stories
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