A Country School
Although China is an ancient civilization it cannot be denied that within the past 20 years there have been many changes. Part of the OAT Advent rue is to find out about how the people live today. We traveled north out of Xi'an about 60 miles to a very small village. There we visited a public elementary school. Naturally the kids loved the attention and we were able to see something of modern China. From all our travels the thing that strikes me the most is how some of the Moslem schools still segregate boys and girls in the classroom. China was refreshingly modern.
A Peasant Village
After visiting the school we walked through an old peasant farming village. The farmers are slowing being moved out of these mud brick homes into modern housing. The new homes are basically walls and ceilings of poured concrete with conduits for electrical wiring. The floors are cement and may later be finished with tile. There is running water and modern toilets with showers. The kitchen is plain but has running water and an obvious vast improvement over the old village homes. The farmers move in and finish the interior as they can. It appeared that the women were home during the day caring for children and grandchildren while the men were off working in local factories. We saw similar construction in other parts of China - especially along the Yangtze River where over a million people were moved because of the rising water of the Three Gorges Dam.
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Belli at the Grand Titons, June 2015
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