Saturday, January 21, 2012

Dog Sh*t Village gets new name

A town known officially as Dog Sh*t Village in western China because life there is so hard has been rewarded by local governors who have renamed the place.

The village, Goushi Zhai, in remote Guizhou province, has spent a year building new roads, improving homes and supporting local businesses and says it no longer deserves its name.

"It started as a nickname because life here was very tough but gradually it became what everyone called us, even the government and the police on their maps," explained one village elder.

Now government officials have approved a permanent name change to Jinxin Village, which means to put your heart and soul into something in Mandarin.

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