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Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip

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Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip
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emThe New Yorker'sem longtime Beijing correspondent Peter Hessler discusses his latest exploration of everyday life in China, emCountry Driving: A Chinese Road Tripem. emCountry Drivingem begins with Hessler's 7,000-mile trip across northern China, following the Great Wall, from the East China Sea to the Tibetan plateau. He investigates a historically important rural region being abandoned, as young people migrate to jobs in the southeast. Next Hessler spends six years in Sancha, a small farming village in the mountains north of Beijing, which changes dramatically after the local road is paved and the capital's auto boom brings new tourism. Finally, he turns his attention to urban China, researching development over a period of more than two years in Lishui, a small southeastern city where officials hope that a new government-built expressway will transform a farm region into a major industrial center.moreless

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