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A Year Passes In China This Is The Longest I Have Been Based In One Country Since 2000

I watched a woman flattening hay on the side of the road in Taizhou and it struck me as a familiar scene. In the early summer of each year the farmers of eastern China all harvest their winter hay and before bailing it thry lay it out in the road and beat it flat with [...]

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I watched a woman flattening hay on the side of the road in Taizhou and it struck me as a familiar scene. In the early summer of each year the farmers of eastern China all harvest their winter hay and before bailing it thry lay it out in the road and beat it flat with a spinning paddle attached to a pole. I’d seen this before: last year.

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I am the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. I’ve been traveling the world since 1999, through 91 countries. I am the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China and have written for The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3720 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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