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Innovative library lifts fortunes of Chinese village

Jiaojiehe, near Beijing, is becoming an attraction for day-trippers from the capital

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Mr Li in the library he built. There are no chairs or desks, just a polished wood floor with several elevated platforms where readers can lounge with their books.

Jiaojiehe, China

NESTLED among the shimmering chestnut, walnut and peach trees of a deep valley surrounded by craggy hills, the tiny village of Jiaojiehe suffers from being close to the nation's capital. The young flee easily to the big city, leaving the elderly behind, lonely and poor.

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