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Xian Village was founded during the Song Dynasty. As recently as twenty years ago, the residents of Xian village still tilled the fields and fished for a living. In 2009, the village government announced plans to demolish this urban village. Some families quickly signed compensation agreements, many others decided to ght the eviction.

As Guangzhou grew, it started to encroach upon Xian and by the early 1990s the city started to execute a plan to turn Xian village and its neighbors into the city's new urban core. The village government started to rent out its land to developers. Families that used to farm the land had to retreat to an area the size of a city block.

Through the photo I tried to catch the kind of life in the village of silence and loneliness, people are leaving their hometown and facing the reluctance of the demolition. It would unjustly enrich a village Party Secretary who had embezzled funds from the village coffers for years. It would leave villagers with no land, with no home to call their own, with only a bland resettlement apartment. It would leave the elderly and the young rootless.