Learning lessons about the countryside
education to improve their lives, such as a good hygiene, respect for seniors and adherence to rules. ike most Chinese Fazi, a village in Huolu has electricity, poured into road building in In the past, extreme poverty born and raised in cittown in Chongqing’s Wulong clean water or the coming years to aid the and poor living conditions ies, I have no direct district, is a typical rural compaved roads, development of the local caused many problems: senknowledge about real munity. About 2,000 people and infraeconomy. iors were abandoned by their life in rural China. are managed by a group of structure conRole models played an children; neighbors fought
That’s a rather sad state of committee members directly struction in important part in leading the over land and water; and affairs for a journalist, elected by the villagers. rural areas villagers out of poverty. Poor young people committed because about half of China’s The members of the village still requires educational backgrounds and crimes. population of 1.4 billion lives committee work part time, huge investa lack of capital have limited In recent years, local village in rural areas, so issues relatand receive monthly subsidies ment. the development of most Chicommittees have realized that ed to agriculture, farmers from the local government. The people in Fazi used to nese farmers, but the success poverty alleviation must and the countryside have To improve the committee’s rely on one source of water — of Fazi has shown that a local include improving the farmlong been major concerns. management skills, a public rain — and walked on dirt leader can boost confidence ers’ moral standards. Fazi has
However, thanks to my servant from Wulong has roads. and promote advanced techorganized several awards cerejob, I was given the opportubeen appointed on a two-year This year, the villagers finalnologies among rural resimonies to praise model faminity to spend a month in a contract as the head of poverly gained access to modern dents. lies and villagers. The remote mountain village on ty-relief work in the village. amenities after a poverty-rePeach farmer Shen Jiancommittee warns any “black the outskirts of Chongqing, a After working with memlief program invested about zhong spent 20 years developsheep” or criticizes them pubmegacitylicly.inSouthwestChi-bersofthevillagecommittee30millionyuan($4.4million)ingalocalspecialtypeach, na, learning how the resifor a month, I learned many to build roads and a system to which is now the villagers’ My month in Fazi flew by. dents dragged themselves lessons. supply clean water. A further main source of income. Though it was my first long out of poverty. Not every village in China 20 million yuan will be Rural residents need better stay in the countryside, the
Lhospitality of the villagers made me feel at home, and I enjoyed my time on the peaceful, beautiful mountain.
I promised them that I would return in the summer, when the peaches are ripe.
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Zhu Lixin speaks with a poverty-stricken villager in Linquan county, Anhui province.
Tan Yingzi interviews a peach farmer in Fazi, Chongqing.