Huangshandian becomes a hot spot thanks to rural vitalization experiment
Picking up eggs, digging up sweet potatoes, running after chickens …On a recent weekend, a Beijing parent surnamed Zhang and her son had a great time in Huangshandian village in the city's Fangshan district.
"My son is having so much fun and is curious about everything here. He has never done farm work before and is asking to come here again," Zhang told Beijing-based China Tourism News.
Zhang and her son are among large numbers of Beijing residents who recently visited Huangshandian village, which has grown into a popular tourist destination in some 10 years.
Since 2001, Huangshandian began to build limestone quarries and cement plants to capitalize on its natural resources. They brought increased earnings to the villagers but caused pollution and damage to the environment.
In 2009, the village decided to direct its focus on ecotourism and started to build the Pofengling scenic area, which covers more than 133 hectares.
Idle farmhouses in the village have been remodeled into more than 60 farmstays. Huangshandian now has more than 400,000 tourist arrivals on average every year, generating over 20 million yuan ($2.83 million) in revenue annually, China Tourism News reported.
"It's worth noting that 80 percent of the employees of the Pofengling scenic area are villagers from Huangshandian and nearby villages," Xu Yingli, manager of the scenic area, told China Tourism News."As long as they wish to work in the village, they can find something to do."