Rural Area

Long Yongquan's family home at Qingbao village, an impoverished region in the southwest of Hubei province. Photo: Simon Song

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 and mentally disabled eld