- One migrant who has learned to work around official disdain, and definitely has his papers in order, is Du Maoxian.
- Yu said that while apple trees usually take 20 to 30 years to produce their first fruit, Maoxian's special miniature variety already are yielding marketable apples.
- But in Maoxian, they are trying to bend nature to their will, using terracing techniques that for thousands of years have turned mountains into farmland in southwestern China.
- Kong and his 170 coworkers at the Maoxian Daqiao Lumber Inspection Station are supposed to get new jobs at hotels and other state-run businesses, county officials told reporters.
- Yu is director of forestry for Maoxian County, and the trees are an attempt to remake the ecology and economy of this remote gorge in the western Chinese province of Sichuan.