I have driven a fair bit in India and seen quite a bit of the Indian countryside, the life of farmers, their ways of life etc. And when we drove through the Chinese countryside I was amazed at how many of these images resembled those back home. There were a few differences too and I had a happy time comparing the two. Sharing my own impressions on the rural Chinese landscape via a short photo essay below :).
Visiting rural China, especially after the big Chinese cities, seems like travelling back in time. While all the cities are modern like any international cities; rural China stills seems to be in a time capsule that is set to at least 50 years ago.
Farming / agriculture is still the main source of income for rural Chinese and majority of it is done manually or using traditional methods.
All along the drive we saw swaying fields, houses and people working in the fields wearing the famous conical hats for shade from the sun.
We saw many different types of grains, vegetables, fruits, flowers being grown around here and the wide variety of colors gave us some beautiful pictures.
We crossed many villages on our journey and saw similar houses in each of them – small off-white buildings with grey roofs. In some cases there were local paintings on the walls.
Across these fields and villages we saw hard-working locals carrying baskets on their back or balancing a rod with two baskets at each end full of local produce.
Unlike India, all villages that we saw were extremely clean and well maintained. There was general chaos but all that is associated with normal daily lives of any place.
Local farmers in these villages seemed generally poor with simple lives. They also seemed very friendly and helpful.
The infrastructure especially roads across these villages was amazing and unlike India we didn’t pass even one rough patch.