one of the most scenic provinces in China, is also one
of the most poverty-stricken areas of the nation. Many
villages hidden deep in the lushly mountains amid the thick
foliage are still without basic infrastructures like electricity
and running water.
Its unique landscape configuration dominated by the rocky
hills with perilous peaks is stunningly beautiful. But
a land as such is by and large unfertile for crops, and
difficult for the residents to communicate with the outside
world. Therefore historically, it has always been the desolate
backyard of China.
As an old saying has it: Guizhou is a land that
Meaning: in Guizhou you’ll
Never experience sunny weather that lasts for more than
Never see a level ground that is broader than three square
Never encounter a local man who owns more than three
Although three decades of rapid economic development in
China is phenomenal, its benefits have not been widely
shared, and its impact has yet to be felt by the people
in the deep of the Guizhou mountains.
A resident of mountainous village Chahua, in Guizhou
Province Roasted potatoes are the daily meal of the villagers,
The village school
Local teacher Zhang teaches all 46 children in the
The school budget can hardly afford anything else,
apart from his wage which is 120 yuan a month (Apr.
US$15 / month)
When the sorrowful situation of the mountain settlements
in Guizhou, such as Chahua village, became known to the
public through the Internet, a group of university students
quickly realised that they could spend their summer vocation
in a more meaningful way. Instead of taking casual jobs
to earn quick cash, they took their savings and travelled
to the village, working as volunteers.
A young volunteer on a class. The sentence
on the blackboard read, "At night Beijing is
a sea of light…"
The students are probably trying hard to work out just
how many candles are needed in order to make a sea
A volunteer from Zhongnan University’s
Medical School returns from his visit to the village
… So tied that he relies on a cane for a bit of support
It is where the young volunteers live
(Source of the original photos: 泡泡社区）