Oil town Yumen to woo tourists
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