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Resettled farmer gets hair cut in urban China

Former farmer Zhang Tianyu, 85, enjoys a haircut near her relocation housing estate in the southwestern Chinese megapolis of Chongqing...She and her fellow villagers were moved from their farmland several years ago and resettled nearby in this purpose-built estate. ..She receives a pension of 1,000 yuan a month. A haircut normally costs 20 yuan, but the barber Liu Huan, 24 -- himself a recent urban convert and who opened this shop four months ago -- charges her 10 yuan. ..China is pushing ahead with a dramatic, history-making plan to move 250 million rural residents into towns and cities over the next dozen years ? but without a clear idea of how to pay for the gargantuan undertaking or whether the farmers involved want to move....Moving farmers to urban areas is touted as a way of changing China's economic structure, with growth based on domestic demand for products instead of exporting them. In theory, new urbanites mean vast new opportunities for construction firms, public transportation, utilities and appliance makers, and a break from the cycle of farmers consuming only what they produce..

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Former farmer Zhang Tianyu, 85, enjoys a haircut near her relocation housing estate in the southwestern Chinese megapolis of Chongqing...She and her fellow villagers were moved from their farmland several years ago and resettled nearby in this purpose-built estate. ..She receives a pension of 1,000 yuan a month. A haircut normally costs 20 yuan, but the barber Liu Huan, 24 -- himself a recent urban convert and who opened this shop four months ago -- charges her 10 yuan. ..China is pushing ahead with a dramatic, history-making plan to move 250 million rural residents into towns and cities over the next dozen years ? but without a clear idea of how to pay for the gargantuan undertaking or whether the farmers involved want to move....Moving farmers to urban areas is touted as a way of changing China's economic structure, with growth based on domestic demand for products instead of exporting them. In theory, new urbanites mean vast new opportunities for construction firms, public transportation, utilities and appliance makers, and a break from the cycle of farmers consuming only what they produce..