We came in time to witness the harvest, still done the traditional way.
I love this shot of the curious villagers :)
There are five main wells in the village, some for drinking and others for powering grinders and other tools for food processing.
With the inscription of Azheke Village into UNESCO in 2013, the village has seen a large increase in tourists. The Yunnan Provincial government has also lauched the “Azheke Plan” in 2018 which is a tourism poverty reduction program. During my visit, I saw a team of local government workers inspecting the buildings of the village and speaking to the locals. I do hope that even with the increase of tourism and population loss as younger people move to work in the cities, the Hani rice planting culture can be preserved. Many traditions are gradually disappearing and the unique Hani culture hangs in the balance.
Next post will be on the locals at the Shengcun Village market. Stay tuned!
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