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Chinese Man Lives as Only Village Resident

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  • 2016

Liu Shengjia wasn’t always the only resident of the now almost defunct Xuenshanshe village of China, but he has spent the last decade of life there almost entirely alone.

Desertion of areas in China is not especially uncommon and could actually be expected given the overwhelming territory and population contained with the Chinese borders. In some cases, this manifests as deserted cities or cities that were built and then never used, but in this case things are the other way around.

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Mr Liu found himself the only resident of his village around a decade ago after his family, friends and fellow village dwellers either all died out or moved closer to the cities in search of better employment opportunities. Undeterred by this mass exodus, Liu has come to appreciate the silence and tranquility that comes with living in a place so devoid of other human life.

While he gets by on around 700 Yuan a month, he has found trouble in spending it, owing to the distance he has to travel to the not-so-local stores.

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Despite living in a way that would cause many people chronic stress, Mr Liu claims that having only sheep and wild dogs as companions has grown on him and that he is now used to living alone.

He might not have to continue living alone for long, however, as the Chinese government pushes for movement out of the cities and into villages like Xuenshanshe. Better set up in the house you want, Mr Liu, or you might come home one day to find your home infested with hipsters intent on a rather extreme case of gentrification.

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