Geography KS3: A child led introduction to Chan’gou in China
A child led introduction to Chan’gou in Yunnan Province, China.
He Ruiqin lives in a remote mountain village about three hours from the ancient city of Lijiang.
Her parents are subsistence farmers, making a living from the crops of wheat, potatoes and barley grown on the steep terrace slopes surrounding their house.
During term time Ruiqin and her friends all board at school because the journey is too long to travel everyday and their parents work so hard and spend long hours in the fields tending their crops.
The area is famous for its fast running rivers and deep gorges. Local people travel across the system of fast rivers by boat so that they can trade their produce.
At home with her family she helps in the fields and spends time with her baby sister. They grow their own food and love to eat the traditional spicy food associated with this region of China.
This clip is from the series In My Shoes KS3.
Can be used during a module on China or rural issues.
Students could be asked to note down any aspect of He Ruigin’s life that is similar or different to their own.
They could also be asked to take notes on aspects of farming in this rural, mountainous part of China, such as self sufficiency and terracing.
Finally, students could be asked to suggest the pros and cons of living in such a remote area in comparison to life in the bigger cities in China.
This clip will be relevant for teaching Geography at Key Stage 3 in England and Northern Ireland, KS3 in Wales and 3rd Level in Scotland.