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Soaring prices of millet sees a Shanxi village revitalized,September 26, 2018 Adjust font size:

 An aerial shot of the home of Wang Aiqing inDongzhai Village, Qin County, Shanxi Province. For nearly four decades, Wang has lived in a “Yaodong,”a traditional dwelling often horizontally excavated or carved out of a hillside.[Photo by Dong Ning/] 

When Wang Aiqing moved to Dongzhai Village, Qin County, Shanxi Province in northern China for marriage some 37 years ago, she lived in what was essentially a cave. Known as a “Yaodong, ”it was a traditional dwelling that is often horizontally excavated or carved out of a hillside. It wasn’t until 2017 that she and her family moved into a real house, one with a roof.

"I knew life was hard here when I first got married, but I didn't imagine that it was that hard,” said Wang. “We ploughed the field from dusk till dawn but we were still very tight on cash the whole year.”

According to Wang, things have got better in recent years. Millet, a couscous-like local food crop that is favored for its high yields and short growing seasons in hot and dry conditions, have grown in popularity around the country and become an important source of income for villagers.


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