In the southeast coast of China, Zhejiang province，lies a remote mountainous village. There were 115 households in the village in the 1980s. After implementing the policy of reform and opening-up, the able-bodied laborers all left the village to work in the cities and women in the village also preferred to marry people from more developed areas. Now, there is only Liang, the 62-year-old bachelor, and a dog left. He has no wife, no family and no job. He lives a very primitive single life by picking tea leaves, digging bamboo shoots, and growing vegetables. He seldom has any contact with the outside world and is curious about it. He has never touched a woman in his life, so he has a lot of fantasies about them. However, the reality always lets him down. When his dog met his mistress from another village, the dog no longer wanted to remain single with Liang, which put Liang in utter despair.
When I first entered Shicao Village in Xinchang, Zhejiang Province, I noticed an old man(Liang Yuzhong) sitting quietly on a rock at the entrance of the village. He was smoking then and looking at the highway far away. Later, he explained that this was his only way of relaxation. I was shocked.
It’s learned that in the early stage of the policy of reform and opening-up, there were about 115 households in the village. In order to have a better life, the young left the village to work in cities and women in the villages prefers to marry people from more developed areas. Now, only a few elderly people of no families are left, among whom Liang Yuzhong is the youngest.
According to statistics from relevant departments, there are about 80 to 100 natural villages disappear everyday against the background of rapid urbanization. Shicao Village is on the verge of disappearing.
As to Liang Yuzhong, the highway is in front of him, but it seems that it’s beyond his reach. His only companion, a male dog, runs to other villages to pursue pleasure. For a man who have been single for his entire life, life gives him no choice at all.