|Villagers plant trees in Tongban Village, Rong'an County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, May 15, 2013. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang) |
Tongban Village, located in the mountain areas of Rong'an County of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, used to be a small village with over 100 residents who made a living by planting plum trees.
Since the 1990s, the young generation of Tongban has given up the life there and begun to work in towns and cities. As more and more young people moved out of the hometown, the once lively village was on the decline with only a few aged villagers staying at home. Reluctant to witness the decay of the hometown, some villagers went back to Tongban after years of working outside.
With the support of local authority and residents, they founded a cooperative in early 2013 to develop the local tourism and cultivate plum trees and grapes. A year's hard working contributed to significant progress of the Tongban Village: trees planted, roads constructed, guest houses going into operation. The whole construction is expected to end in another three years. By then, more tourists will come to visit Tongban Village. Residents of Tongban are looking forward to see the prosperity of the hometown.