It is really a rough ride for 47-year-old Luo Yunlian to spend nine days on the 2,000-km journey from her remote village in southwest China’s Sichuan Province to the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
As a deputy to the National People’s Congress (NPC), Luo scales cliffs, rides a funicular and travels to Sichuan’s capital Chengdu by bus before flying to Beijing.
Now she is discussing social and economic development with Chinese leaders and nearly 3,000 NPC deputies. Behind Luo’s journey are people’s expectations for increased tourism, and solutions to water and power shortages back home.
NPC deputies are tasked with carrying forth the opinions and expectations of grassroots people and blending them into the country’s top-level design. In other words, the deputies will ensure that development is really as the people wish.
In China, democracy means “the people are the masters of the country”.—Xinhua