Twelve years ago, in order to give birth to their child and to avoid one-child policy, Yuan Tienming fled to a rural area with his family.
The family lived hidden in a cave and in the nearby hut, not far from Luoyang in Henan Province, to avoid fines or incarceration. Two years ago, when the youngest daughter was born, Yuan Tienming gave her to his relatives because of the deplorable living conditions. For this reason Yuan Tienming has been fined with 3500 RMB because he circumvented the law and then he was released on bail. Their home is very humble, located midway down the side of a hill in a hole dug in the rock.