By Claire Hou
The wi-fi password isn’t hard to guess either. It is probably identical within a twenty-mile radius: eight eights. The traditional Chinese symbol for good fortune and great wealth.
Nearby, there are bustling markets filled with people selling fruits, vegetables, everyday necessities, and the occasional tourist good. Pointed straw hats stacked high next to a pile of oranges, plastic mats on the ground underneath a mountain of longans. The streets are dirty with rainwater, but the produce is pristine and locals bicker good-naturedly over the stands.
Many of the children we are sponsoring attend school in Lincang. They live at school during the week, and their parents pick them up by motorcycle on Friday night to go back to Xiaohusai for the weekend. It is a bit of a hassle, but the best they can do for now.
Going to Lincang from Xiaohusai is a fairly long and tedious journey, so most villagers don’t venture down that often. Still, it is there, and plays a great part in these families’ lives.
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