Scenes from Taiqian

China's leaders have just concluded a major economic policy meeting aimed at further entrenching reforms that have turned the nation into the world's second-largest economy.

But as these images from Taiqian show, the rapid development seen in major cities has passed other parts of the country by.

Taiqian town, in Henan province, is one of China's 592 poorest counties.

Image caption This floating bridge connects two of the most populated provinces in China - Henan and Shandong. The truck crossing the bridge is loaded with stones from the mountains in Shandong. It is heading to the flat farm land in Henan, destined for one of Henan's countless new construction sites.
Image caption Toll receipts collected at the floating bridge. Loaded trucks are charged $12 (£7.50) to pass, while a three-wheel tractor is charged less than a dollar.
Image caption Decades ago, this archway was commonly seen in relatively expensive buildings. The traditional Chinese characters for "all good quality, convenient, warm-hearted hospitality" appear on the stone inscriptions, indicating the welcoming nature of the people living here.
Image caption These red banners were traditionally placed outside entryways to ward off bad spirits. They are still being used now even if a home's inhabitants are not superstitious.
Image caption Kids are watching Chinese cartoons on a Sunday morning. A parent's electric bike is kept next to the television so that it would not be stolen.
Image caption A mother ties a red scarf around her child's neck at the school gate. All primary school children are required to wear the red scarf to school on special days, indicating their allegiance to the "Young Pioneers", part of the Communist Party's Youth League.
Image caption Red ties are being sold on both sides of the school gate. All primary school children are required to wear the tie, especially on days when the flag is raised.
Image caption Mutton is often sold in big identifiable chunks so customers recognise what they are buying. It is normally shredded at the same place where it is sold and used to fill dumplings.
Image caption Carrots are being sold two ways- as a whole carrot and as a plant. The plant can also be steamed with flour and mixed with garlic and chilli oil to make a dish.
Image caption This portable oven is lined with iron and covered in mud to retain heat. The stall owner uses the oven to toast shao bing, a popular bread for breakfast.
Image caption These pigs are about to be slaughtered. They squeal loudly as the truck reverses into the butcher's yard, though the local children do not seem to be scared by them.
Image caption Mud houses are becoming less of a common sight in this town. The ones that remain mostly belong to people who have migrated to the city and rarely return.
Image caption These three men wait at a park gate by the main road, hoping to be hired . They usually have their tools with them to show what they can do.
Image caption This couple is delivering coal to their clients in front of the newly-built State Grid government building. Locals use coal to cook and keep warm on cold winter days. One would normally need four coal bricks to make it through the day.
Image caption A family out at the centre of town. The store at the corner sells everything, from hot water bottles to drinking cups, at two yuan or 33 US cents.
Image caption Taxi drivers are waiting for customers. These three-wheeled taxis are powered with electricity, which is perfect for short distances in this small town.
Image caption One US dollar can buy three lollipops. The bamboo stick in the middle sticks to a wheat straw bed. The stall owner is aiming to sell all of his wares by the end of the day.
Image caption The railway from Beijing to Hong Kong crosses the Yellow River here in Taiqian.