HEFEI, June 22 (Xinhua) -- Liu
Shengxian, a farmer in east China's Anhui Province, did not expect that
transplanting paddy - his traditional farm work - would become an object
of interest for visitors from cities.
hamlet with the ancient name "Daoyuan" in Yunfeng Village of Anqing
City held a rice planting festival, which drew tourists from afar to
experience work in the fields.
visitors were excited to take pictures of Liu and his buffalo working in
the paddy fields. Liu's old home fashioned out of rammed earth and the
bamboo forests behind it amazed the tourists no less.
"They're willing to spend money on experiencing country life. The world has really changed," the 73-year-old said with surprise.
ancient village, tucked away in the boundless Dabie Mountains, was once
connected to the world only by a dirt track some two meters wide.
Villagers lived in ancient rammed-earth dwellings and could only manage
to feed themselves from the crop grown on a small plot of land in the
In 2014, half of the 14 families in the village, including Liu's, were identified as poor households.
the time, Liu said, he just hoped the dirt road could be repaired and
he could borrow some money to tear down the old house to build a new
However, unexpected changes in
the village, which is under the jurisdiction of Huangwei Town, in recent
years have disrupted his plans.
Based on its ancient bucolic sights, the village began to develop a tourism model to help local households get rid of poverty.
first impression of the village was that it was poor but unique," said
Shu Hanbing, former Party chief of Huangwei Town, who was in charge of
the protection and development of the ancient hamlet.
2016, it was included in the list of traditional villages in China.
Instead of being demolished, the old houses were preserved for their
"The ancient village
and dwellings should be preserved, but the poverty should be cast off,"
said Shu. "While protecting the village, we developed it moderately, so
that villagers can benefit from it and their way of farming and life can
continue for another several decades."
three years of development work, all the poor households in the ancient
village have been lifted out of poverty. The dirt track has been
transformed into a road five meters wide.
has become part of the village's transformation by acquiring shares in
his old house and his land has been transferred to the operating
"The company hired me to
farm and I can earn about 50,000 yuan (7,071 U.S. dollars) a year," Liu
said. He also has a tea garden and sells local products to tourists to
earn more for a better life.
to the poverty-relief relocation program, a resettlement site has been
built along the road outside the village, with two-story buildings
surrounded by mountains and rivers.
Among them, Liu said, is his new house. Enditem