Welcome To Xuenshanshe Village, Population: One

While many people place a premium on having a room of one’s own, a man in China will do you one better. He has an entire village to himself.

As Mashable reports, Liu Shengjia makes up the entire population of Xuenshanshe village in the country’s Gansu province. Since around 2006, Liu has been the only resident. In the years leading up to his isolation, families in the area began to relocate to be closer to natural resources, while others died from old age. Liu meanwhile stayed behind to care for his sick mother and brother. After they died, he remained in Xuenshanshe and moved into one of the village’s abandoned homes. (“It was unoccupied anyway,” Liu told the People’s Daily.) He now tends to sheep and works part-time at a nearby forestry protection station, a job that brings in 700 yuan ($107) a month.

Liu has to travel for food and water, and is miles away from any other inhabitants. While the mountainous region is reportedly not especially hospitable and is prone to difficult winters, Liu told CCTV News he is able to get along pretty well. "Surviving here is not a problem for me, but I still prefer to move to a more populous area when the time comes," he said.

[h/t Mashable]

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China Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Restore the Great Wall

The Great Wall of China has been standing proudly for thousands of years—but now, it needs your help. CNN reports that the wall has fallen into disrepair and the China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation has launched an online crowdfunding campaign to raise money for restorations.

Stretching 13,000 miles across northern China, the Great Wall was built in stages starting from the third century BCE and reaching completion in the 16th century. To some degree, though, it’s always been under construction. For centuries, individuals and organizations have periodically repaired and rebuilt damaged sections. However, the crowdfunding campaign marks the first time the internet has gotten involved in the preservation of the ancient icon. The China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation is trying to raise $1.6 million (11 million yuan) to restore the wall, and has so far raised $45,000 (or 300,000 yuan).

Fundraising coordinator Dong Yaohui tells the BBC that, although the Chinese government provides some funds for wall repairs, it’s not enough to fix all of the damage: "By pooling the contribution of every single individual, however small it is, we will be able to form a great wall to protect the Great Wall," he said.

[h/t CNN]

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These Glowing Worms Mimic Shining Stars
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The glow worms of New Zealand's Waitomo caves produce light, mimicking the starry night sky. Using sticky goop, they catch moths and other flying creatures unfortunate enough to flutter into the "starry" cavern. Beautiful and icky in equal parts, this Deep Look video takes you inside the cave, and up close with these worms. Enjoy:

There's also a nice write-up with animated GIFs if you're not in the mood for video. Want more glow worms? Check out this beautiful timelapse in a similar cave, or our list of 19 Places You Won't Believe Exist topped by—you guessed it—New Zealand's Glowworm Caves!


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