When Polish-born Chinese journalist Israel Epstein went to Lhasa for the founding of Tibet Autonomous Region in 1965, there were only a few special flights to the Roof of the World, mostly by veteran military pilots. And it was a no-fly zone for helicopters due to the bad weather and complicated terrain.
Du'an Yao Autonomous County is one of four extremely poor counties in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Long blighted by vast mountains, lack of farmland, and limited transportation, lifting Du'an out of poverty has been no easy task.
Digital technology is being increasingly adopted to carry out economic and social activities, and is profoundly transforming production patterns and people's lifestyles. However, it is essential that the adoption of digital technology in developing countries does not widen the rich-poor gap.
The locals of northwest China's Minxian County can talk with some eloquence on the many uses of astragalus roots: Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioners prescribe them to boost immunity, chefs use them to flavor broth, and villagers living close to the herb farms allegedly never develop age spots.