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Resettled farmer makes water well in garden in urban China

Former farmer Fu Guanying, 58, pumps ground water from a well she installed in the common garden inside her relocation housing compound in Liaocheng city, Shandong province, China. ..She also cleared the garden of flowers and planted garlic and spring onion, and turned her garage into a ground-floor kitchen to make packed lunch for the mass of construction workers nearby, who are busy day and night clearing out farms to make way for urban high-rises. ..Fu and her fellow villagers were all moved from their farmland and resettled nearby in this purpose-built estate as part of China's plan to move 250 million rural residents into towns and cities over the next dozen years...Fu spent 200 yuan to install this well near where her old well used to be when this housing block was part of her village, and has already gotten her investment back. ..Some residents bemoan the poor relocation compensation but others are happy to enjoy a social life away from the burden of farming. ..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...Urbanization has already proven to be one of the most wrenching changes in China's 35 years of economic reforms. Land disputes rising from urbanization account for tens of thousands of protests each year.

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Former farmer Fu Guanying, 58, pumps ground water from a well she installed in the common garden inside her relocation housing compound in Liaocheng city, Shandong province, China. ..She also cleared the garden of flowers and planted garlic and spring onion, and turned her garage into a ground-floor kitchen to make packed lunch for the mass of construction workers nearby, who are busy day and night clearing out farms to make way for urban high-rises. ..Fu and her fellow villagers were all moved from their farmland and resettled nearby in this purpose-built estate as part of China's plan to move 250 million rural residents into towns and cities over the next dozen years...Fu spent 200 yuan to install this well near where her old well used to be when this housing block was part of her village, and has already gotten her investment back. ..Some residents bemoan the poor relocation compensation but others are happy to enjoy a social life away from the burden of farming. ..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...Urbanization has already proven to be one of the most wrenching changes in China's 35 years of economic reforms. Land disputes rising from urbanization account for tens of thousands of protests each year.