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Xianzhou village harvest

When the tiny village of Xianzhou in China’s Hunan Province emerged from lockdown last year, the locals celebrated with a bumper harvest. 

Chengjie Tang shows us a day in the life of one family in the village.

Xianzhou village harvest

Luo Zhaoxiu picks cowpeas on her farm

Photo essay by Chengjie Tang

Luo Zhaoxiu has lived in the small town, located near the city of Changsha, all her life and grows cowpeas on the family farm.

Ironically, 2021 was a bumper harvest year, as nationwide lockdowns in 2020 forced many farmers to let their land lie fallow.

The happiness of the harvest relieved a lot of the pressure built up over two years of lockdowns.

Here is a day in the life of Luo Zhaoxiu, as she celebrates with family and friends, the simple pleasures of a successful harvest.

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