lding new houses and new r▓oads, a scene never seen in these parts before.Xi's villag▓e tours assure poverty reductionXi's village ▓tours assure poverty reduction12-28-2016 19:41 BJTBE▓IJING, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Residents in Luotuow▓an village have a busy winter this year. They are building new houses ▓and new roads, a scene never seen in these part▓s before."In past winters, elders just squatte▓d at their house gates to enjoy sunshine with hands buried in sleeves, and some laborer

s climbed up hills to collect firewood," said Gu Runjin, 68▓, a Party official in the mountain village

ghters first from Kafraya and Foa, be▓for

inter▓ has become a busy one," he said.Deep in the▓ Taihang Mountains, Fuping County, which administers Luotuow▓an village, has been under a national poverty reduction pr▓ogram since the mid-1990s. In 2013, the county's regis▓tered poverty-stricken population was around 110,000, or▓ 48 percent of its total.Great changes starte

d taking place in this remote villa▓ge after a visit by Xi Jinping in December 2012, short▓ly after he was elected general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Commi▓ttee.During his 2012 trip to the county, Xi told officials to work hard to help villagers in poverty li?/p>

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ngbin, 73, from Luotuowan, and Gu Chenghu, 65, ▓from Gujiatai village, were both visi

ted by Xi in 2012 and then had had their homes rebuilt and living standards improved."My cu▓rrent living conditions are almost the same as someone living in the city. I used to live in a clay house and was not accustomed to my new home when I moved in," Gu s▓aid.

His new house has four bed

as the evacuation of the Shiite fi

3 Gu and his son have been working in construction in the village, earning 200 ▓yuan (29 U.S. dollars) per day. They also receiv▓e 4,000 yuan per year to rent their farmland.Tang Rongbin's house was renovated with a government fund."I never ▓dreamed of living in such a house before," he

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said. He rents three rooms of his house to a tourism company.Farmers in Luotuowan no longer cultivate the traditional crops of potato and corn, once their major income source. Instead, they grow apple trees and mushrooms, with investment from two companies. This brings more inco

me in the form of rents,

e the civilians.But the dema

capita ▓income in the village increased to 3,0▓00 yuan in 2015 from less than 1,000 in 2▓012. In 2015 alone, 48 families escaped from poverty."Poverty reduction cannot simply rely on 'transfusing blood.' We must take advantage of resources an▓d develop industries," said Xu Xiangdong, an official from the provincial housing department who was dispatched to the village to help eradica

te poverty.It is common fo▓r officials to be chosen to work in villag▓es on poverty reduction.In the past four years, Fuping County's per capita income of farmers increased from 3,262 yuan to 5,815 yuan in 2015, and its poverty-hit population has been reduced to 60,000, said Hao Gu

ochi, Fuping Part▓y sec

Shiite people, addin▓g ne

l poverty by 2020, lifting the remaining 55 million rural poor out of poverty, roughl▓y 10 million each year. The country's pover▓ty line is 2,300 yuan in annual income.AGRITAINMENT AND INDUSTRIES CUT POVERTYXi has visited a number of villages and cou▓nties since 2012, repeatedl

y stressing the importan

w demands to the origina

olicy to address the▓ issue.Liang Qiang, 26, began sweeping the scatt▓ered snow from his courtyard at first light Wednesday. He was expecting a dozen tourists to ▓dine and rest at his lodgings. Liang is in "agritainment," a trend to incorpo▓rate entertainment on farms and in rural touris

t areas.Liang is a villager in Shaanxi Provi▓nce's Liangjiahe, where Xi worked as a rural laborer from 1969 to 1975. He started his business in May 2015, just three months after Pres▓ident Xi visited the village.During the tour, Xi said revolutionary bases were the roots of t

he Party and the army, a

l deal.The rebel convoy

as wisdom and power is obtaine

d from history."W▓ithout the development of old revolutionary ▓bases, we will not be able to achieve a moderately prosperous society," Xi said.Liang has 18 big tables and three▓ small ones in his 100-square-meter rural guesthouse. Nearly 200 people can dine under the same roof

every day at busy times

was also stuck at Ramo

enu to feature local ▓specialties. Hi

gh-speed wifi is also available for customers as they are waiting."Net income will exceed 200,000 yuan this year," said Lia▓ng, who was a miner with a monthly income of ▓about 5,000 yuan three years ago.Liangjiahe is expected to receive over 900,000 visitors this ye▓ar, bringi

ng 13 million yuan in re

useh, amid reports th▓at communicat

,000 yua▓n.Targeted poverty alleviation is the household name for a p▓olicy that was put forward by President Xi during his inspection tour to the centr▓al province of Hunan in November 2013.Development is the general method to eliminate poverty, and gov▓ernments in poverty-hit

regions should suit the

ions were underway to continue t

d help locals find out ways to shake off poverty, he said during the trip.Shibad▓ong is a Miao minority village and w▓as labeled "poor" at the time. Shibadong in Chinese means 18▓ caves, and there are 18 natural karst caves in the village.▓ Scarcity of arable land was the biggest

obstacle to local vil