This is how they get rid of poverty in China’s Guangxi

Eco­log­i­cal tourism helps lo­cal im­pov­er­ished peo­ple get rid of poverty in Lingyun County.

Fiji Sun - - China News -

Lingyun: Lao Ke­t­uan, 40, lives in the moun­tain­ous vil­lage of Haokun in Lingyun County, south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion where poor trans­porta­tion and scarce re­sources have lim­ited lo­cal de­vel­op­ment.

Mr Lao’s fam­ily was among those im­pov­er­ished house­holds liv­ing here. Mr Lao had never dreamed that his fam­ily could get out of poverty, how­ever in re­cent years things changed thanks to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties’ work on poverty al­le­vi­a­tion by de­vel­op­ing tourism.

Re­ly­ing on its nat­u­ral scenery re­sources, the county de­cided to de­velop eco­log­i­cal tourism as a key mea­sure to help lo­cal im­pov­er­ished peo­ple get rid of poverty.

A scenic spot fea­tur­ing pic­turesque land­scape had been built since 2016.

The spot be­gan to pro­vide tourism ser­vice posts for those who live in the poverty-stricken vil­lages. Mr Lao be­came a sight­see­ing boat tourist guide. The job pro­vided him a salary of some 3000 yuan (about US$419) a month and bonus by the end of ev­ery year.

There are many peo­ple like Mr Lao who have been ben­e­fit­ing from lo­cal tourism de­vel­op­ment.

“I hope the ex­press­way within the county could open ear­lier. It would then bring much more tourists and I would earn more,” said Mr Lao.

Photo: Xin­hua

Lao Ke­t­uan drives his sight­see­ing boat at the Haokun Lake scenic spot in Lingyun County, south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion.

Photo: Xin­hua

Scenery of Haokun Lake scenic spot in Lingyun County, south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion.

Photo: Xin­hua

Lao Ke­t­uan looks at the vil­lage from his home in Haokun Vil­lage of Lingyun County, south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion.

Photo: Xin­hua

Lao Ke­t­uan hands out life vests to tourists at the Haokun Lake scenic spot in Lingyun County, south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion.

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