Aerial photo shows rows of identical houses in Huaxi Village, once known as the richest village in China. It is emblematic of the beginning of the massive urbanization of China and the largest human migration in history from the rural areas into the cities.
It was a honored as a model of socialist economy. Established in 1961, collective investment efforts boomed in 1998 launching steel, iron and textile industries that by 2003, profited over USD 1.2 billion. One third of the profits come from the steel industry. In recent years, the company has shown it's first-ever loss.
Workers didn't migrate away because their model rural farm, instead, changed into a modern industrial city. The former Farmer’s Village has free health care and education, identical villas with red tile roofs, landscaped lawns and two car garages but there is no entertainment, and residents cannot move and take their wealth with them.
When they first started factories, they worked in secret with no windows. When government officials came to inspect, they sent all the workers out to the fields and disguised the factories.
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