Shanxi lifts villagers out of poverty through poverty relief efforts

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Combination photo shows an adobe road in Jianxi Village, Huquan Township, Guangling County, Datong, north China's Shanxi Province (top, undated file photo); and a tourist visiting Jianxi Village on May 26, 2020 (bottom, photo by Cao Yang). Jianxi Village once saw its villagers in poverty due to inconvenient transport, single industrial structure and loss of labor force. In recent years, the village puts efforts on developing tourism industries and providing job opportunities to poor residents while improving community appearance and living environment. The villagers have all shaken off poverty by 2018. The recent poverty relief efforts by Shanxi Province include: make road networks access to rural villages, relocate rural residents to better housing, afforest barren lands with green trees, and stimulate employment by developing tourism. Without these, the province's many plateau and mountain villages would have remained impoverished due to lack of decent roads and arable lands, plus the ensuing loss of labour force and industrial diversity. By February 2020, a total of 7,993 villages in all of the 58 impoverished counties in Shanxi have shaken off poverty, with the incidence of poverty dropping to less than 0.1 percent. (Xinhua)

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