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16 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM

Lisu people leave mountains for a new life

Xinhua

In Daxingdi Town in Lushui City of northwest Yunnan's Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Pre f e c t u re , 79 bui ldings have s p r u n g u p , providing 815 flats for residents. To date, more than 2,200 people have moved into the new apartment. They are f rom 681 households in 109 different Lisu villages.

The Nujiang River and the Lancang River run through the Hengduan Mountains. The mountains, wh i l e nurturing the Lisu people in the valleys, also prevented them from keeping pace with the country’s economic development.
Because the mountains would not move, people would.

I n r e c e n t y e a r s , w i t h the assistance of the central government and the city of Zhuhai in South China's Guangdong province, the Yunnan government spent 189 million yuan (US$26.77 million) relocating local Lisu people to help them shake off poverty. In Daxingdi Town in Lushui City,
79 buildings have sprung up, providing 815 flats for residents. To date, more than 2,200 people have moved into the new apartment. They are from
681 households in 109 different Lisu villages. The resettlement site is named Weilaba Zhuhai Community, in honour of the city of Zhuhai and its efforts to implement the relocation project. 

Yang Wenzhong is a Lisu farmer. His family left their stilted cottage in the mountains and moved into a new, modern flat. 

Yang said that he would have no more of the inconveniences of the mountain. The dirt road in his village was hardly passable on rainy days. When people built houses, the cost of transporting materials was higher than that of the materials themselves. "Worse still, it cost more than 100 yuan
(US$14.16) a week to send our children to school and bring them back again," said Yang.

Yang's family moved into their new home last September. The resettlement site is like a new town, complete with a school, a medical clinic and a farmer's market.

Yang's family are now living a happier life. They run a chicken farm, which has brought in more than 10,000 yuan (US$1416.43). Moreover, Yang's wife earns 1,500 yuan (US$212.46) each month by working in the school canteen.

According to Li Xuehua, Party secretary of Daxingdi Town, the villagers retain their land and forest claims after relocation. The local government
makes arrangements so that any surplus labour can be locally employed, find jobs in cities or work at public posts.

Walnuts grow well in the Nujiang Canyon. Therefore, with the support of the local government, a villager named Tang Xuelin has set up a walnut processing factory, which currently employs over 50 Lisu women.

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