Chinese village, home to 17 revolutionary martyrs, sheds poverty
Updated 17:18, 08-Jul-2019

Huawu, known as “the village of the Red Army,” is in Ruijin city, east China’s Jiangxi Province. It’s the home of 17 revolutionary martyrs, who lost their lives during the Long March in 1934, never to return. On the Toad Mountain behind the village, there are 17 pines the martyrs planted before they left. Villagers have built a monument, with the pines symbolizing their loved ones.

Before 2012, Huawu was a very poor village. Since 2012, the implementation of the "Several Opinions of the State Council on Supporting Gannan Former Central Soviet Areas' Revitalization and Development" made fundamental changes in the village. The policies of targeted poverty alleviation include the rebuilding of adobe houses, the construction of greenhouses, the development of "red tourism" and the cultivation of tea-oil trees and oranges.

Huang Risheng, the Communist Party Secretary of Huawu, told CGTN that "the pines that were planted represent the faith in the success of revolution. All the grassroots work starts the same way to better serve the people."