Police and village officials began going door to door over the past few weeks, registering tenants and landlords who remain in the village. Each village census official is accompanied by a police officer, who according to one villager I spoke with, is meant to ensure the census taker’s safety. In turn, the village census taker with whom I spoke, told me that the census is meant to ensure the villager’s safety in case of disaster.
Two days ago the village government erected small buildings at each entrance to Xian Villages. Only those with a special “entry exit card” will be permitted to enter the village.