Yu Guojiang, 63, carries manure to his field in China's Yeli village. His wife and son have already left as part of China's plans to move 2 million villagers into the cities of Guizhou province. The aim of the government is to ease rural poverty and narrow the income inequality gap.
An abandoned house sits on a mountain in Yeli. Italian photographer Michele Palazzi wanted to document the local customs and traditions before they could fade away as a result of the migration.
The front of a wooden house in Yeli.
A man in the village heals a chicken. "I've always been captivated by a sense of nostalgia related to the past of human history, where daily life was linked to ancient rituals and traditions," Palazzi said.
Yu Zhiguo, 84, sits inside his wooden house in the village. Both of his sons left to find better jobs in the city.
Palazzi's photographs depict everyday life in this agrarian society and reflect a bleak and somber mood.
Buildings are under construction in Leishan, a developed area of Guizhou.
The government is also building a primary school and an elderly center in Leishan.