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With 11 foreign languages under her belt, 68-year-old villager-turned tour guide Xiu Xiuzhen has become a celebrity in the town of Yangshuo, a backpacker mecca in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region。


Xu lives at the foot of Moon Mountain, a must-see tourist attraction in Yangshuo, where she has guided countless tourists. Her sincerity has won her the name "Mama Moon."


搜狐彩票投注Yangshuo, known for its other-worldly karst landscape and the Lijiang River, has been drawing millions of foreign tourists since China opened its door to international travelers in the early 1980s。


The scenic town is home to many people who make a living by both farming and working as tour guides。


搜狐彩票投注Over the past 16 years, Xu has taught herself 11 foreign languages, including English, Spanish, Japanese and Korean. In addition to making her incredibly popular, her linguistic prowess has made it easier for her to communicate with foreign tourists。


"My peers are trying to pick up new languages to boost their business, but no one can catch up with me," she said。


But the polyglot farmer's success has been hard-won. She started learning simple English phrases 16 years ago, when Yangshuo's tourism industry started to boom。


搜狐彩票投注Illiterate, she was unable to read grammar books, so she had to memorize each word by its sound. But Xu seized every opportunity to talk to foreign tourists and tried to utter out her English。


搜狐彩票投注Constant communication and a sense of perseverance proved effective, and she was gradually able to express herself in English. The determined woman has since learned other foreign languages in succession。


With her command of 11 foreign languages, Xu is one of the busiest tour guides in Yangshuo. Her reputation draws a large crowd of tourists every day, especially foreign visitors, who come to meet the multilingual guide out of admiration。


"More and more foreign tourists are coming to Yangshuo, and I hope they will feel at home here with my help," she said。


搜狐彩票投注Not content to simply serve as a tour guide, she now owns a popular restaurant and operates a reputable hotel。


搜狐彩票投注Huang Yongzhong, director of Yangshuo's tourism bureau, said Xu's success has encouraged many farmers to follow suit。


Official statistics show that 1.5 million foreign tourists visited Yangshuo in 2012, a number that has inspired local tour guides to jump on the foreign language bandwagon with hopes of achieving success on par with that of "Mama Moon."

搜狐彩票投注官方數據顯示2012年有150萬外國游客來陽朔旅游,這個數字激勵了許多當地導游去學習外語,希望能取得和“月亮媽媽”同樣的成功。   "What 'Mama Moon' does is a good interpretation of the Yangshuo farmers' shared Chinese dream -- to make life better by learning new skills," Huang said。


搜狐彩票投注He added that the government supports local tour guides by providing frequent training on the laws and regulations of the tourism industry。


搜狐彩票投注Farmers in Yangshuo are passionate, sincere and hard-working, and this spirit will lead to more success stories like that of "Mama Moon," he said。