Print 1512 c2: '..miles upon miles of trees stripped of their bark.' Famine in China. During one of the great famines of Chinese history, the starving workers stripped the bark from these trees in order to forstall the agonies of starvation while on their journey to a more prosperous region. Forman. Print 1512 c1: Miles upon miles of trees stand naked with the bark stripped for food. Famine in China.