Premier Wen spends Lunar New Year with ethnic villagers

08:57, February 15, 2010      

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region over the weekend, spending the Spring Festival, or Chinese lunar new year, with local villagers.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (Front) opens the tap for people to fetch water at Nongmo Village of Dongshan Township in Bama Yao Autonomous County, southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Feb. 13, 2010. Premier Wen made an inspection tour in Guangxi on Feb. 12-13. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

During the three-day tour of the south China ethnic region that ended on Sunday, the first day of the lunar new year, Wen shared the festive joy with local villagers, playing musical instruments, preparing food and having dinner with them.

"I'm happy as long as you're all happy," Wen said to the villagers.

In Donglan County, Wen visited local high school teachers and was pleased to learn their monthly incomes had seen a raise since last year. He also consoled drought-affected villagers in the county.

During his stay at a mountainous village in Bama Yao Autonomous County on Saturday, Wen chatted with villagers and shared the new year's eve dinner with villager Lan Qingming's family.

The premier arrived in Nacangtun Village of Tianyang County Sunday morning, where he was pleased to be informed that the villager's annual per capita net income had hit nearly 7,000 yuan (1,029 U.S. dollars) and they were making a good living by planting and selling vegetables.

Source: Xinhua
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