Tourism enriches impoverished village, improves income

Tremendous changes have happened in Chixi village, southeastern China’s Fujian province after 30 years of poverty alleviation. Hailed as the “best village of poverty relief”, Chixi village has made an excellent path of gaining wealth while protecting ecology through tourism.

In 2017, the disposable income per capita of the village hit 16,641 yuan, 100 times of that in 1984; the per capita floor area rose to 38.5 square meters, nearly quintupling the 1984 figure. In addition, the number of impoverished households in the village has been reduced to 2 from 352 thirty four years ago.

“More than 3 decades ago, Chixi was a remote and impoverished village of the She ethnic group with a large proportion of seniors and juveniles in its population structure,” Du Jiazhu, the Party secretary of the village told People’s Daily.

He said General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Xi Jinping has given important instructions on reducing poverty of the village through a recent online chatting with the villagers.

After that, the village took tourism as its dominant industry and successfully increased income for the villagers. “We have achieved a giant leap from an impoverished village to a well-off one,” Du said.

In 2016, the village saw an inflow of more than 200,000 tourists, with a single-day number reaching 10,000 at most.

Taking good use of local advantages, Chixi village has attracted capital to develop tourism centered with the southwest slope of Tailao Mountain, a major senic spot around the village. Many villagers have been lifted out of poverty because of this.