Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

A Trip to the Countryside

Some more old Liuzhou.

In the latter stages of the Cultural Revolution, partly to put an end to the in-fighting between different cliques in the Red Army and partly to satisfy Mao’s dream of total equality, nearly all young people of college age were sent off to the countryside to work alongside and learn from the peasants. They weren’t usually sent nearby, but instead to the other side of China, while the kids from the other side of China ended up here. Some never got home.

1973 - Rally by young people in Liuzhou People's Square before being sent off to the countryside.

1973 – Rally by young people in Liuzhou People’s Square before being sent off to the countryside.

I’ve seen the photograph above captioned as being a rally of “students”. In fact nearly all schools and colleges had been closed since 1966, so there were no students. In 1973, a few were just beginning to reopen. The best of part of a generation missed out on education and I would strongly argue the effects are still being felt in the education system today.  The picture above can be seen full size here (big file – 3.74 Mb).

Liuzhou citizens see their youth off to the countryside.

Liuzhou citizens see their youth off to the countryside.

The picture above can be seen full size here (3Mb).

Shiny, Happy People

Shiny, Happy People

The young people above have just arrived at their posting at Liuzhou number 8 youth collective, based in Shatang, then a small village just to the north of Liuzhou city.  There were 18 such collectives in the countryside around the city. It is dated January 31st, 1969.

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2 Responses to “A Trip to the Countryside”

  1. David Says:

    I’ve been told there was considerable fighting between the factions in Liuzhou . Fascinating period of great suffering and hardship which has left its legacy .

  2. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    I think I have mentioned before that different factions were shooting each other across the river where the Liujiang Bridge (No. 1 bridge) is now.



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