Another villager points out the lack of jobs in the new location.
"Our new home is 20 miles (32.1 km) from the nearest town. It is hard for us find a decent job," said Kong Jian, who operates a street noodle stand.
"Young people flock to bigger cities, looking for factory jobs. Those who stayed are doing small businesses like operating noodle restaurants," Xiao said. "But for the next generation, nobody will know how to farm."
The 50-year old gets emotional when talking about his old village.
"As I get older, my nostalgic feeling for the old village grows stronger. I try not to think about it -- about the fact that it is a lake and the village only lives in my memory."