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Dazhai, China's Model Village
2006-05-16 15:21:14

The gate to Dazhai village.

Dazhai village, in Xiyang County of north China's Shanxi province, is a once-famed village in the Taihang Mountains with a population of some 500. In the early 1960s, Dazhai villagers created high-yield terraced farmland out of barren hillsides, a feat some people called miraculous. At the time their success reached Beijing and won praises from late Chairman Mao Zedong, and the village soon came to the limelight. From the 1960s to the mid-1970s, it was held up as a national pace-setter and a fine example in China's agricultural sector. And more than 10 million people from both at home and abroad came to visit and learn from its experience duringthe 10-plus year period. Dazhai became the only tiny village whose name could be traced and found even on a map of China at that time... full story

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