My seven years of rural life in northern Shaanxi Province gave me something mysterious and sacred, said Chinese President Xi Jinping during a 1995 interview. He started working in the countryside at the age of 15, an experience which shaped his personality and helped him become the man he is today.
My seven-year rural life in northern Shaanxi Province gave me something mysterious and sacred.
Whenever I faced a challenge or a test or started a new job, I could somehow hear my fellow Shaanxi folks singing local songs on the farm.
I think in my life, there are two kinds of people who have helped me the most.
The first were pioneers of revolutionary times, the others were my fellow Shaanxi villagers.
I came to know that fundamental power rests with people. I gained a better understanding of ordinary people and society. This was the most fundamental influence.
My idea of seeking truth from facts was formed then, and it has influenced me until now.