Eco-protection, rural tourism add vitality to SW China village

Xinhua, July 20, 2023
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Attaching great importance to environmental protection, Huawu Village, a once nationally designated poor village in southwest China's Guizhou Province, has shaken off poverty and become a pilot project in developing rural ecological tourism. 

Located near the source of the Wujiang River in the western part of Guizhou, the natural environment of the small village of Miao ethnicity has improved thanks to concerted efforts of water pollution control, ecological restoration and a fishing ban in the Wujiang River basin. 

Targeting the attraction of splendid mountain views and vast water bodies, in addition to a unique ethnic Miao culture, the village has made great efforts in developing rural tourism. It has been active in building tourism infrastructure, such as roads, parking lots, campsites and guest houses, producing distinctive agricultural products and exhibiting traditional Miao embroidery. 

Local residents have received the dividends of ecological tourism. Since 2021, tourists have made over 900,000 trips to the village. The combined tourism income of the village exceeded 300 million yuan (about 41.59 million U.S. dollars).