Shi's home village, Shibadong, Hunan province, is home to many ethnic Miao people, and its scarcity of arable land and water is typical of the area.
Shi's son also returned with a wife, and the couple opened the village's first hotel and restaurant in early 2015.
In some senses, this notion of a shared future points in two directions. For Chinese leaders, it is a declaration of legitimate interests – as a fifth of humanity, as the world's second largest economy, as the world's third largest country in terms of size, China has to have a major voice, and be a large stakeholder, in discussing, framing, and then contributing to managing and solving global issues. In that sense, the notion of a statement of the obvious. A global issue will need China to be involved in it, otherwise it isn't global. And for that reason alone, China has a legitimate right to express its opinion, and to be heard. We have to remember that in some parts of modern history, that wasn't the case. China was listened to and wasn't heard. Now it certainly is.
"Unlike carrying ash before, I'm happy to use my shoulder pole now, as life is so full of hope," he said.
Speaking about the fair, Cui Shuzhi, a candy retailer from Heilongjiang province in Northeast China, says: "Guizhou is a potential market for our products."