But it won't be easy for the people who have to make the most abrupt changes. Yang and his wife still seek out remnants of their old lifestyle to escape the loneliness of their new environment. At 8 a.m. most days the couple walks to a small roadside house where they gamble up to 10 yuan ($1.50) a day playing a traditional card game with new acquaintances. "We gotta get used to it," says Yang. "We didn't want to move. My son wanted us to live here."