China's Rural Revitalization:
Creating a Peach Blossom Garden in the New Era
"Do we have to go back?" I asked my mother reluctantly before I got into the car.
Mom replied without hesitation, "Of course, you haven't been back to your hometown for many years, and grandparents miss you."
Indeed, I had been so busy with my studies before my entrance exams that I hadn't been back to Hukeng - the little-known town where I was born and spent my childhood. As far as I can remember, my hometown, nestled deep in the mountains, was remote and backward, with mud roads, sewage rivers, and farmland everywhere. I didn't understand why my grandparents never wanted to leave.
Mom knew my inner reluctance, but she just gave a mysterious smile and said, "You'll know when you get there."
Hukeng is famous for its tungsten mines, and the vast majority of the town's people are engaged in mining-related jobs, and my grandfather and father are no exception. The mining of tungsten brought temporary prosperity to the town, but the overexploitation of natural resources caused serious ecological damage, and later the tungsten mines were depleted, and more and more people left their hometown for the big cities.
I couldn't help but sigh in the car, saddened by the decline of my hometown. Without realizing it, we finally arrived at the town deep in the mountains. However, when I pushed open the car door, I was immediately stunned by the sight in front of me.
The sewage river, which was full of garbage and smelled foul in my memory, was now crystal clear. The winding paths in the mountains, which people used to struggle to walk, have now been renovated into convenient thoroughfares, and cars can drive directly to the doorstep. Once one had to go to the bathroom in a shed in the farmland, but now there are public toilets everywhere, and they look very clean, no worse than in the city.
What was even more surprising was that I thought I would have to adapt to the simple life back in the countryside, but my grandmother told me that I could connect to the wifi if I wanted to play with my cell phone, and that I could buy any snacks I wanted from the supermarket in town.
My mother took me to my grandparents' new home, which was no longer a dilapidated bungalow, but a sophisticated building instead, which I heard was built with government subsidies. Mom also told me that the farmland across the street would soon be developed into a sea of flowers, and that a film and television base would be built in the future, and that many people would come to visit the town, driving the local economy, and our town would become better and better.
It turns out that not only am I growing up, but my hometown is also getting better and better. There are countless mountains in this great land, and there are countless towns like this one in the mountains, all of which are revitalized with the support of national policies. This was also the first time that I deeply realized that China's Rural Revitalization did not just exist in distant documents, but was actually happening around me.
After a while, my three uncles also brought my cousins back to the town, and we sat around and had a reunion dinner after a long time. The quiet town was enveloped in a harmonious atmosphere, like “Peach Blossom garden” in the new era.
Before returning to city, I said to my mother fondly, "We should visit home more often in the future.