Homes, lives disappeared – Xiao Guoqiang, a 50-year-old farmer stands before his sunken village in Jining, Shandong Province on June 26, 2013. Underground mining in this region is devouring 20 million square meters of land a year.
Homes, lives disappeared – Huge cracks appeared on an abandoned elementary school of Xiao Guoqiang's village. In 2005, the local government transferred the entire population of this village of more than 3,000 farmers to a nearby town.
Homes, lives disappeared – Bizarrely, one of the largest sinkholes in the area will actually be transformed into a water theme park next year.
Homes, lives disappeared – Kong Guoqing cleans a fishing net near a sinkhole "lake." Kong's family have been farmers on the rich soil of northern China plain for five generations. He is the first one in the family to start a fishing business.