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Happy villages

By Wang Ru (China Daily)

09:30, November 12, 2012

Hainan’s provincial capital has transformed itself in the past two decades, Wang Ru reports in Haikou, and the villages of Meishe and Xinghui are shining examples of this change.

The transformation of two poor villages, one by dormant volcanoes and the other near a mangrove forest, bears witness to the changes in Haikou, Hainan’s provincial capital.

Every morning, Wang Jianping walks along the main path of his 800-year-old village, paved with basalt from the volcanoes. Alongside the path are areca trees and new houses, which Wang proudly shows off to tourists.

There is a 20-meter-tall guard tower built at the beginning of the 20th century and giant basalt boulders with bullet holes from the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression (1937-45).

As the head of Meishe village, in Xiuying district of Haikou, Wang, 47, is in charge of 800 people.

The nearby Leiqiong volcanic cluster, from the Quaternary period, consists of 40 volcanoes that are now a national geological park.

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