Return to White Horse Village

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Rapid modernisation in China

Return to White Horse Village

While China's economy has boomed over the past 30 years, many of its 700 million subsistence farmers have been stuck in poverty.

Part two

In this second programme, Carrie Gracie asks how easy is it to turn a community of subsistence farmers into city people and whether the new city being built on top of White Horse Village will really be able to offer them a 21st century life.

Local farmers talk about the plans they have made to adapt to the change that is coming. Perhaps, some think, if they are smart and lucky, they make a better living. Their land may have been taken from them, but they have been compensated to some extent.

Some of the older members of the community find the prospect of these imposed changes bewildering. After a lifetime spent living and working in a rural setting, being asked to become 'city' people seems, to many, to be too much to ask.

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