Villagers of Santai County in Sichuan Province harvest peppers.
As China builds expressways and high speed rails to connect major cities, rural villages are not being forgotten. In the early 90s, the Chinese government launched the Connect Every Village project, which aimed at building roads to every village and bringing television, telecom, and Internet connections to rural areas.
These efforts continue to this day as authorities try to lift impoverished areas into prosperity. In Xinhe Village of Santai County in Sichuan Province, the local government has been making tremendous efforts in lifting local residents out of poverty and improving the local infrastructures day by day.
Ren Xiangqiong, a 62-year-old resident in Xinhe Village, was video-chatting with her son on a mobile phone as CGTN's reporters arrived at her pepper field for filming. She gave thanks to the extensive 4G cellular network that serves her old farming town. Ren's son Li Jin lives in a coastal city, some 2,000 kilometers away. Now getting in touch with him has become more affordable and convenient.
Ren Xiangqin is video-chatting with her son on a mobile phone, thanks to the 4G network that started covering her village last year.
The benefit of infrastructure in the village also extends beyond strengthening personal connections.
Ren and her fellow villagers work both in the early morning and afternoon, picking 35 to 40 kilos of peppers, sometimes as much as 50 kilos. This year, villagers were able to harvest dozens of tons worth of peppers from the area's fertile soil. This bounty will yield about 20,000 yuan (3,082 dollars) for the farmers who work in the land all year long.