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China in the next 60 years: Ma Lin

Ahead of celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, the BBC News Website asked a range of Chinese people what their country had achieved and where it will be in another six decades.

Ma Lin, 37, gatekeeper, Ningxia province

I am a gatekeeper of a middle school in a small poor town in Ningxia. I have three sons and one daughter.

When I finished school myself, life was really harsh. All I hoped was to have one sufficient meal a day. I joined the army for three years and during that period the government used to send rice supplies to my family.

I hope in the coming 60 years, common people like me can go to hospital without worrying about the expense

Life became better after 2000, especially after 2005, when the government invested a lot of money and started many projects to help the poor west. Transport became convenient because we had wide roads built. There were more and more motorcycles on the roads while bicycles disappeared gradually.

The economy grew faster too. We no longer keep girls at home to do the household chores - we send them to school. Healthcare has also become more accessible.

But there are still many things that are far from satisfactory and need to be improved. So I hope in the coming 60 years, common people like me can go to hospital without worrying about the expense. The cost of seeing a doctor is very high and is out of reach for many people. The price of each item of medication isn't written clearly in the receipt.

I hope my grandchildren can go to senior school and college with lower tuition fees. Nowadays the cost for primary school and junior school is paid by the government, which is good, but the cost for higher education is rather expensive.

I hope my children and grandchildren can move to a better place to live, because the climate here is really bad and the water is not drinkable. It has too many chemical elements and when you are old you end up having many health problems.

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