China On The Brink - rural en With A Little Help from Vacuum Tubes, Rural China Gets Back to Nature <p>The homes are impressive right away in the mountain village of <a href=";hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=30%C2%B0+17'+33+N,+119%C2%B0+16'+27+E&amp;mrt=all&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;ll=30.292127,119.278736&amp;spn=0.073222,0.105228&amp;t=h&amp;z=13&amp;iwloc=addr" target="_blank">Xiejiaqiao</a>, with their ornate columns, shiny brass window fixtures and decorative lightning rods that look as if they might beam messages directly from some orbiting mother ship.</p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Travel Diary energy environment Growing Pains rural technology Xiejiaqiao Thu, 19 Jun 2008 01:03:02 -0600 Patrick Michels 277 at College Hopefuls from the Countryside Face Hurdles <p>Liu Xiaome, 33, came to Beijing nine years ago from <a href=";hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=anhui+province&amp;sll=37.0625,-95.677068&amp;sspn=57.510723,90.527344&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;ll=34.379713,116.279297&amp;spn=30.187352,45.263672&amp;z=4" title="Anhui Province Map">Anhui province</a>. Today she works as a maid cleaning homes for 10 yuan, or about $1.50, per hour. Liu’s son is back home in the care of her mother and older sister.</p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Travel Diary Beijing education rural Sun, 15 Jun 2008 05:13:14 -0600 Zachary Lown 265 at