I recently stumbled across this five-year-old article from Time magazine. It's about the large and growing disparity in wealth and government services between urban and rural areas in China, and the social unrest this causes.
This article focuses on corruption and politics, but in general it's fascinating to get a glimpse of rural areas in China. It seems that a student of agrarian life such as myself would be kept busy and happy in China, a country with more farmers than any other country has people (save India). And we rarely hear about these hundreds of millions of farmers. Surely there must be a lot of interesting things going on in the Chinese countryside.