Oil town Yu­men to woo tourists

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Business -

LANZHOU — Since 2015, Li Na, 26, has been work­ing as a painted-pot­tery maker at a cul­tural cen­ter in the north­west­ern Chi­nese city of Yu­men.

Li had no hes­i­ta­tion to go back to her home­town Yu­men in Gansu prov­ince, af­ter study­ing sculp­ture at a uni­ver­sity in cen­tral China’s He­nan prov­ince for four years.

“Yu­men is fa­mous for its painted-pot­tery cul­ture. I am happy to be­come a pot­tery maker in my home­town,” Li said.

In 2006, China listed the Hu­oshao­gou Ruins un­der na­tional pro­tec­tion.

“Dif­fer­ent from oth­ers in Gansu, Hu­oshao­gou pot­tery was pro­duced with var­i­ous col­ored dec­o­ra­tions,” said Wang Pu, cu­ra­tor of Yu­men Mu­seum.

Li works with Yu­men Art Gallery, the only place that of­fi­cially pro­duces hand­made painted-pot­tery in the city. Li would not have been able to find such a job be­fore 2014 when Yu­men au­thor­i­ties sped up its trans­for­ma­tion from an oil drilling town into a cul­tural and tourism city.

Yu­men was the first petroleum base in China that was put into op­er­a­tion as early as 1939. Dur­ing the 1940s, the oil out­put in Yu­men ac­counted for about 90 per­cent of to­tal crude oil

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