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Leo’s Story

Our guide in Xi’an, Leo, told us his fascinating family story.  His grandparents and parents were moderately well off farmers in Shaanxi province – not rich, but prosperous.  Then Mao’s Great Leap Forward happened, and Communist officials swarmed their village and kicked the family out of the house, making them work their own land, now as virtual slaves on the Commune.  They became very fearful that their lives were becoming at risk, so in the dead of night, they fled their village and moved to Xi’an. Continue reading

Misc Facts About China

Some Interesting Facts We Learned About China

There are 56 nationalities in China; the Han comprise 92% of the population of 1.4B.  Christians comprise 2% of population.  Communist Party members 6%.

The two major rivers in China are the Yellow, in the north and the Yangtze, in the south.

There were 500 emperors who reigned in China; 83 of them lived in Xian (surrounded on three sides by mountains and one side by the Yellow River). Continue reading