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In eastern Zhejiang, immortality beckons

Updated: May 30, 2023 By Ma Zhenhuan in Xianju, Zhejiang Print
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A visitor checks out specimens of edible mushrooms at the Xianju Biodiversity Museum in Xianju county of Taizhou, Zhejiang province, on Saturday. [Photo by Qi Xiao/]

During past Labor Day holidays from April 29 to May 3, Chen's homestay received 56 visitors, garnering 13,000 yuan.

In 2022, Xiaye village was chosen by the World Tourism Alliance, an international global NGO, as one of 50 examples of tourism helping to reduce poverty and promoting rural revitalization.

Xianju's rich biodiversity has put it on the map as well. Some 279 families of 2,044 species of flora and fauna have been recorded in the county, which covers an area of more than 2,000 square kilometers.

Junpu (a mushroom guidebook) is believed to be the world's earliest existing monograph on edible mushrooms. It was written in 1245 by a Xianju resident named Chen Renyu during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279).


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