Of Hainan's total population of 9.3 million, about 477,000 remained below the poverty line in 2017. The national poverty line is an annual income of 2,300 yuan ($366) per capita.
"This is a great example of a company attuned to its Far Eastern customers," said White. The Tattoo includes performances by Scottish pipe and drum military bands, dance troupes and firework displays held on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle every evening through the month of August and twice on Saturdays.
Since China's reform and opening-up began 40 years ago, the mining industry has developed, improving local infrastructure and living conditions. Shi eventually hung up his shoulder pole and became a mine worker until he retired.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the reform and opening-up policy, and socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, Xi said.
Farmers in the village used to grow low-productivity rice and other crops, earning incomes of less than 3,000 yuan a year in 2008, before they were encouraged by the local government to grow sweet potatoes instead.
Nearly 3,000 NPC deputies voted to endorse vice premiers, state councilors, secretary-general of the State Council, ministers, governor of the central bank, and auditor-general, who were nominated by Premier Li Keqiang.