Young Chinese, a new force in rural revitalization

White blueberry flowers have brought a different look to the Loess Plateau in northern China, thanks to 26-year-old Li Pengfei, who returned to his hometown five years ago to pursue a career in agriculture. "Blueberries are growing well this year because of the good weather," said Li, who owns a blueberry garden of 100 mu (about 6.67 hectares) in Henglingguan Village, Yuncheng City of Shanxi Province.

"The yield is expected to reach more than 250 kg per mu," he said. Li worked in the service industry and later in media for a while after he graduated. But eventually, he chose to start a career in the rural area where he was born and raised. No one had been growing blueberries in the area, and Li thought it presented an opportunity.

After investigation, he found the sharp temperature difference between day and night, and the high soil selenium content lends a crisp and sweet taste and higher nutritional value to the blueberries growing there.

Every harvest season, merchants as well as tourists from across China flock to the garden, bringing handsome incomes to local villagers.


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