After years of struggle and effort, China has finally fulfilled its mission to eliminate absolute poverty. China Daily's foreign reporter Matt Bossons traveled across the country to discover the stories behind people's efforts to overcome poverty.
In this video, Matt travels to Sanjiang county, Liuzhou city of South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, where he learns not only how to pick tea, but also how these tiny green leaves help locals live a much better life. Check out the video to learn more.
Buyang Xianren Mountain tea garden is a 4A scenic spot, and the couple took me there to try my hand at tea picking.
This local family operates their own tea brand and have used the Internet to promote their products. Previously, there was no market for tea produced in Buyang and no tourists to sell to. But with the launch of e-commerce platforms, local tea producers are now able to connect with buyers across China.
While the villagers in Buyang are now able to make money through selling tea online, they are also able to receive government subsidies and a perception of the revenue generated by tourism entrance fees.
“The tourism industry brings us jobs with about 2,000 yuan of income per month. We earn another one or two thousand yuan from tea picking. Now, we can make three or four thousand yuan a month.”
In addition to the tea brand, they are also preparing to launch their own homestay hotel in response to the government’s push to develop the area’s tourism industry.
Buyang Xianren Mountain has seen generations of tea farmers and witnessed the historic changes and the rapid development of people’s lives.
During my trip to Guangxi, I was able to enjoy a delicious dinner known as Bai Jia Yan. I was also able to try my hand at agricultural work, interact with the local people and view traditional architecture. I also witnessed how the people and government of Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region have combined their resources to develop the tourism industry to change their lives.
The Chinese government has lifted tens of thousands of millions of people out of poverty in a very short period of time, and I have no doubt that this is a very difficult task.