Learn­ing lessons about the coun­try­side

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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.

Con­tact the writer at tany­ingzi@ chi­nadaily.com.cn


Zhu Lixin speaks with a poverty-stricken vil­lager in Lin­quan county, An­hui prov­ince.


Tan Yingzi in­ter­views a peach farmer in Fazi, Chongqing.

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