Life in Dongguan, Zhejiang. Population 100

Culture | by Stephan Larose
Posted: April 29th, 2010 | Updated: May 6th, 2011 | Comments
For any expat living in a big Chinese city like Beijing or Shanghai, amid smartly dressed fashionistas, hard-nosed business poeple, and the litany of surreal, post-budget constraint mega-projects, it doesn't take long to lose sight of the fact that China is, in fact, still a developing nation. However, the essence of the Chinese character is also expressed by  the country's tireless migrant workers, the hundreds of millions of farmers toiling and smiling in the countryside, and countless families working for a better life in cities and villages around the country.
This is something Zhejiang. We've taken a few choice excerpts from his travel blog post, simply titled Mainland China, Village People as well as a few pictures, but be sure to go to the source for more of his impressions, and many more pictures; his wordpress blog at Now if you live in China you'll find that the GFW blocks access to all wordpress sites.  Don't despair, copy and paste the URL and access Jeffrey's blog by going to (or your proxy of choice). Once the site is loaded, click on the "Travel" link in the right hand navigation pane. From Mainland China, Village People: "To better understand Mainland China, people, cultures and realities I decided to go for a 2 day excursion to Dongguan, Zhejiang, population 100, no heat, no running water (well only) to get water, no toilets (public outhouse)  and lots of farming and a bit of industry..." "...For dinner there were around 30 people, Joney told me that dinner was a closer group of people who came to say congratulations, some traveled from Hangzhou and around Zhejiang.  Joney referred to them as brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, grandpas, grandmas and second and third cousins.  Everyone seems to be related in someway..." "...Well we were packing our bags and preparing the house for our departure, Joney was taking the pee bucket outside to pore into a larger ceramic pot, I asked Joney what was the bigger pee pot for?  Joney advised the farmers use the urine for the vegetables." Read more from this post and see more pictures at Many thanks to Jeffrey Clark for sharing!
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