A view of Dawan Village of Jinzhai County, Anhui Province on August 28, 2020. The original village residences have been renovated for tourism development. [Photo of Zhu Lixin / Chinadaily.com.cn]

Chen Zeshen had been living in a summary, the brick and clay house for decades in the town of Dawan of Jinzhai County, the Province of Anhui of East China.

around 2003, the only son of Chen died of illness, and his daughter-in-law abandoned the Stricken family of poverty and left without even goodbye according to those of 71 years.

According to an old superstition, Chen changed the direction of the main door of the house, hoping that the misfortune of the family could be reversed.

But in 2007, his wife also passed away. Chen again altered the direction of the door, but its struggles continued, since it had an annual net income of less than 2,800 yuan ($ 425).

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