Liangjiahe: Where Xi Jinping’s poverty alleviation inspiration began

In 1969, a teenager from Beijing joined 17 million Chinese students in the “Down to the Countryside Movement,” a campaign launched by Chairman Mao Zedong that asked urban youth to experience life by working in rural areas.

This promising young man traveled to a desolate village on the Loess Plateau in northwestern China, and spent seven years living among its soft-dirt mountains and in its simple caves.

His name is Xi Jinping.

The people of the village lived in poverty, often going for months without meat.

Liangjiahe, a barren mountain village in Shaanxi Province at that time, is now a prosperous place with modern agriculture and a booming tourism industry.

This is the place where Xi Jinping’s poverty alleviation inspiration began.

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