Before Xi Jinping became a pampered child of the Communist Partys elite, and now the new leader of the nation, he had suffered extreme hardship in his life and had learned to eat bitterness.
His political life began in a smaller place, Liangjiahe, a village of 800 in Shaanxi Province, where locals say Xi had endured a difficult life.
In 1969, during the violent upheaval of the Cultural Revolution, elites of the Communist society were attacked, in which Xi''s father, a vice premier, was denounced and imprisoned. Xi was then exiled to this remote village at the age of 15, CBS News reports.
According to the report, for seven years then on, Xi worked in the fields during the day, and at night came home to a cave dwelling, one room carved into the hillside.
When asked if Xi did hard, physical work, a local said, "Of course. He did farm work, he herded cows."
Xi, at ease with peasants and the powerful, left exile and excelled at party politics, and subsequently ran China''s biggest city, Shanghai; and its biggest event, the 2008 Olympics, the report said.
Today he is half of China''s glamour couple- his wife is one of the country''s most popular singers, while he himself takes the helm as China''s economy is slowing down and trade tensions with the U.S. are going up.
Asked if the time Xi spent in exile will make him a better leader, the local said, "The new president suffered extreme hardship. He must have learned from that."