JIEYANG, China — Only two years ago, Junpu village was like somany other thousands of near-abandoned small hamlets across the vaststretches of rural China.
With farming no longer a viableprofession for most young people, the vast majority of villagers lessthan 50 years old left home to find work in factories and larger citiesacross Guangdong province. The village’s own factories, mostly smallworkshops making garments and processed food, were foundering under theweight of fewer orders and higher costs.
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