On September 27, 1993, Xi Jinping, then the Party chief of Fuzhou, capital city of East China’s Fujian Province, revisited Liangjiahe for the first time since he left in 1975.
President Xi Jinping revisits Liangjiahe to see the villagers in September 1993.
From 1969, Xi spent seven years in the village in Yan’an, Northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, as one of millions of youth from urban China going to rural China to be re-educated by the poor farmers.
During that revisit, he saw every family and brought them tea, electronic clocks and other gifts.
He advised the villagers to make the best use of the resources on the mountain, build dams, exploit the valleys and grow fruit trees and timber.
For that day’s lunch, he ate mutton, two bowls of it. “This is the best mutton I’ve ever had, since my days at Liangjiahe!” he said.
The villagers talked to him about the iron foundry, an enterprise which he started to help increase their income.
They reminded him how he took the lead in the construction of the first methane tank in Shaanxi, to be used for lighting and cooking, according to a subsequent memoir by Xi about this visit.
“What I remembered most, however, was their selfless assistance and their simple but rich influence on me, nourishing my spirit and my heart,” Xi wrote.