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Rural Area

Distant dreams of a better life for the working poor of Qingbao village

After working for more than 20 years as a coal miner in northern China, 40-year-old Long Yongquan has decided to stay at home - a traditional timber cabin and a leaking cement bungalow in the mountains of Hubei's Enshi autonomous prefecture - with his grandfather, father

Friday, 3 May, 2013, 6:28am

Hubei pig farmer considered one of the 'better off' but still left penniless

Fu Maoyan and his wife have been busy building a storehouse for pig feed beside their three pigsties.

The more than 80 pigs they raise and their pig feed business have made them better off than most households in Qingbao village in Hubei's mountainous Enshi autonomous prefecture.

2 May 2013 - 7:09am

Hubei backwater struggles to meet Li Keqiang's order to grow

The new cement road leading from Longfeng, a remote township in the mountains of southwestern Hubei , to the villages of Longma and Qingbao has never been so busy.

1 May 2013 - 5:05am

Growth trickles down to rural India

India's great economic growth has begun to trickle down to some of the poorest, most neglected villages. But the progress is desperately slow and handicapped by the failure of the government to do its job properly, especially in providing essential infrastructure, public utilities, clean water and education.

23 Feb 2013 - 4:12am

Why the cunning snake is beloved of the Chinese

The Dragon is gone; the year of upheaval is over. We are now celebrating the Year of the Snake. Chinese traditionally associate the snake with cunning and great wisdom. To have a snake in the house is good omen. It is believed that, in times of crisis, the snake, being resourceful, manipulative and deceptive, can keep the family from starvation.

16 Feb 2013 - 5:27am

The government must stop 'improving' our countryside

Government would do well to heed an ancient tenet of the medical profession: "First, do no harm."

30 Oct 2012 - 3:04am 2 comments

Got permission for that?

Everybody, it seems, wants more house space than they have.

Cheung Hok-ming, vice-chairman of the powerful rural organisation Heung Yee Kuk, built a glasshouse on his rooftop to give himself more shade and to prevent water from seeping in on rainy days.

29 May 2011 - 12:00am

Huge education system upgrade

The State Council approved a much-anticipated plan of education reform yesterday with Premier Wen Jiabao calling for the opening of a new chapter in Chinese education history, which promises more spending, equal access, improved quality and less corruption.

7 May 2010 - 12:00am

Urban Hainan classes swell with rural pupils

Local authorities have been urged by Hainan's Education Department to give more money to village schools.

The appeal comes as urban systems battle to absorb increasing numbers of wealthier rural students driven from the countryside by shortages in education funding.

Some urban schools are dealing with as many as 126 students in a class, Xinhua reports.

27 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Plan to lift rural purchasing power

A strategy has been worked out to boost the purchasing power of rural markets in the hope of reducing state enterprise stockpiles.

Purchase of consumer goods by people in urban areas had fallen as many were saving to buy flats and cars, an official of the State Planning Commission said.

22 Oct 1997 - 12:00am