Across China: Journey from uninhabitable mountain hamlet to relishing prosperity

Yinchuan, June 27 (Xinhua) - Li Shizhong, 58, a farmer from the autonomous region of Ningwest Ningwest China Hui is in love with rain days, as such a climate inspires His writings in bitter, sweet experiences of life.

"When I lived in Xihaigu, I used to crave the rain. The covered skies of clouds would make us happy, and a burst of wind blowing disappointed," said Li, who Now he lives in the Hongsipu district of the region.

Considered as "one of the most not suitable for human settlement". Nations In the 1970s, XihaiFued suffered the recovery of land, drought and a fragile ecological environment.

District of Hongsipu, once part of the Gobi desert, it has now become one of China. The largest settlement areas for people moved from Xihaigu, with a population of approximately 230,000.

Li used to live in a mountainous village in Xiji, a county in Xihaigu. Although the family of him used the owner of the earth on the size of the two soccer fields, the wheat who feeding May withered before the harvest season due to the drought.

They could not upload cattle or sheep as the water they got from a small spring when climbing mountains was not enough for them to drink.

"We were at the mercy of rain". Li said, remembering that the rain made everyone happy, even though his mud brick houses were not reliable on rainy days.

Education used to be a luxury in Xihaigu. Supported by her uncle, Li completed the upper high school, which was rare in the village of her, but she was forced to renounce education due to financial difficulties.

"My parents had no money to support me, so I decided to take agriculture and help them," she said. Since then, he had not written anything until 2015 when he bought a new smartphone and wrote online, sitting in his new home in Hongsipu.

Li said her enthusiasm for writing was triggered by the carefree life that was unimaginable in the past.

Decades ago, Li used to drive tractors to Lanzhou, capital of the neighboring province Gansu, with several villagers. To buy daily needs of low price wholesale and then sell them in the village of it.

"The whole town depended on me to buy what they needed," said Li. "But nowadays, stores are ubiquitous in each town, and more and more people buy online."

In the past, a square killed of land in Xihaigi could support 22 people in a thrust. However, almost 142 people tried to hear a life in those plots of land, with their living conditions more spoiled by poverty and the ecological fragility of the area.

Things, however, began to change in the 1980s when a large-scale relocation project was a pioneer in Xihaigu. More than 350,000 people were relocated to places with better living conditions, since the Yellow River is an important source of water.

Hongsipu is one of those relocation destinations. It used to be a land, but through pumping and pipe stations, the yellow river water rose by 300 meters to nourish the earth.

"All plants can grow well with water, and we can decide our own destination here," said Li.

Advanced with a pioneering spirit, the settlers planted trees and crops and built infrastructures, making Hongsipu their new home.

They also began to grow industrial crops such as goji berries, which brought them higher income with the prevalence of the logistics of the cold chain. In addition, fast transport made it easy to leave and do part-time jobs.

Yinchuan,  Lanzhou, 

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