China On The Brink - rural http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/taxonomy/term/113/0 en With A Little Help from Vacuum Tubes, Rural China Gets Back to Nature http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/with-a-little-help-vacuum-tubes-rural-china-gets-back-nature <p>The homes are impressive right away in the mountain village of <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=30%C2%B0+17'+33+N,+119%C2%B0+16'+27+E&amp;mrt=all&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;ll=30.292127,119.278736&amp;spn=0.073222,0.105228&amp;t=h&amp;z=13&amp;iwloc=addr" target="_blank">Xiejiaqiao</a>, with their ornate columns, shiny brass window fixtures and decorative lightning rods that look as if they might beam messages directly from some orbiting mother ship.</p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/with-a-little-help-vacuum-tubes-rural-china-gets-back-nature">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/with-a-little-help-vacuum-tubes-rural-china-gets-back-nature#comments Travel Diary energy environment Growing Pains rural technology Xiejiaqiao Thu, 19 Jun 2008 01:03:02 -0600 Patrick Michels 277 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com College Hopefuls from the Countryside Face Hurdles http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/college-hopefuls-countryside-face-hurdles <p>Liu Xiaome, 33, came to Beijing nine years ago from <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=anhui+province&amp;sll=37.0625,-95.677068&amp;sspn=57.510723,90.527344&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;ll=34.379713,116.279297&amp;spn=30.187352,45.263672&amp;z=4" title="Anhui Province Map">Anhui province</a>. Today she works as a maid cleaning homes for 10 yuan, or about $1.50, per hour. Liu’s son is back home in the care of her mother and older sister.</p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/college-hopefuls-countryside-face-hurdles">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/college-hopefuls-countryside-face-hurdles#comments Travel Diary Beijing education rural Sun, 15 Jun 2008 05:13:14 -0600 Zachary Lown 265 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com