The Year of the Rat is here. We visited the villages related to “rats.”


2020-01-21 13:43:40Beijing News Reporter: Zhou Huaizong Editor: Zhang Shujing
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The Year of the Rat is here. We visited the villages related to “rats.”

2020-01-21 13:43:40Beijing News Reporter: Zhou Huaizong

Some villages have “rats” in their place names, some villages keep legendary allusions related to “rats”, and some villages have changed lives because of “rats”

In the traditional Chinese view of the universe, “sky opens in the son” and “the son” is the beginning of the epoch and the time when everything started. Corresponding to the human world, the mice that mostly move at midnight have become the pronouns of “zi” and the head of the zodiac.

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The last year of the rat was still 2008. That year was the year when the Beijing Olympic Games were held, and the year of the Shenzhou VII flying sky. That year was a year of sky-opening. China’s modernization began to be fully displayed in front of the world.

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Twelve years later, the year of the rat in 2020, the beginning of a new zodiac cycle. In this year, great changes are taking place in China. The poverty alleviation campaign has entered the most critical year, and a well-off society has entered a decisive stage.

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If the Year of the Rat 12 years ago is a year in which China’s modernization is advancing at a rapid pace, then the Year of the Rat after 12 years is a year that complements the short board. Those areas that are lagging behind in rapid development, such as the central and western regions, vast rural areas, and remote mountain villages, are gradually catching up with the pace of modernization. Millions of people will say goodbye to absolute poverty in 2020.

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New construction is also continuing. Today, rural revitalization has become the mainstream discourse of the current society. With the advancement of rural land reform, the improvement of rural social security, and the development of agricultural modernization, the barriers between urban and rural areas are disappearing. 500 million residents living in rural areas will change the traditional farming life that has lasted for thousands of years and enter a new life in the future.

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On the arrival of the Year of the Rat, the Beijing News reporter interviewed a number of villages related to “rats”, including those with “rats” in their place names, such as Beijing’s Water Rats, Mouse Mountain in Zhejiang, and White Rat Village in Jiangsu; There are legends and allusions related to “rats”, such as the Silaihe in Inner Mongolia and the villages worshiping “rats” in Mentougou area in Beijing; some also change their lives because of “rats”, such as villages in Guangxi where bamboo rats are raised out of poverty …

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Visiting these villages is not a hunt for wonders. In fact, these villages were originally ordinary villages. In the past few decades, like most villages in China, population loss, economic decline, and housing collapse, however, in On the road of rural rejuvenation, they have come out of their own characteristics. Tourism, farming, and entrepreneurship have not only changed their economic conditions, but have also begun to focus on cultural accumulation. For example, Mouse Lake Lake in Zhejiang, and even wrote their own village history .

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This is the Year of the Rat, a village that reopens the world, a group of villages that change their destiny. For them, the Year of the Rat is the beginning, and so is everyone.

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Of course, in the new era, there are not only new achievements, but also new tasks. In 2008, we also faced the Wenchuan earthquake and financial crisis. In 2020, we also have arduous tasks, not only for poverty alleviation and rural development. Revitalization, and new epidemics to deal with. Opening the sky has never been so easy. Do not forget the past, the teacher of later events, history teaches us how to move forward in the new era.

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Beijing News reporter Zhou Huaizong

Editing Zhang Shujing Proofreading He Yan

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