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Sweet Honeybees for a Sweet Christmas


A romantic white Christmas might be what you’re longing for, but to the farmers in northern China, the long and bitterly cold winter is nothing but tough – without sufficient preparation, they may even suffer severe losses

As the most important water source to the Beijing city, Miyun Reservoir has been listed as a first-class conservation area, where animal husbandry is strictly prohibited.  Liu Zhangshun is an old farmer from Shicheng Township.  His family of five lived off less than a hectare of farmland, and struggled to make ends meet while paying for their two children’s education and the medical fee for his mentally-handicapped brother.  With few choices, he started beekeeping.  How can this attempt change the family’s life? What are the challenges encountered in the process?

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