FilmFestival | Better Tourism Better Life Better World Season 2
Season Two Episode 1 : Longevity Village
Bama county in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region has attracted people around China to travel and settle there after retirement due to its ecological environment.
The place is hailed as the “hometown of longevity” in China. Statistics show that among every 100,000 people, about 31 are centenarians in Bama. Over past years, tourism has contributed to increasing local people’s incomes and lifting them out of poverty.
Season Two Episode 2 : Chinese Painters Prospering in Mountainous Longtan Village
Longtan Village is located in the deep mountains of Pingnan County, Ningde City, Fujian Province, China. It is a famous tourist attraction in China. Since 2016, a group of “new villagers” came to Longtan Village, bringing an artistic flavor to this place.
In 2017, Xiling Township decided to use Longtan Village as the cultural and creative base and selected more than 30 villagers as the seeds of “cultural and creative tourism” to learn oil painting and new media marketing. Currently, over 200,000 tourists visit Longtan Village each year and the average annual income of villagers is 18,350 yuan (2,817 USD).
Season Two Episode 3 : Songs of Mortals in Shenshan Village, A Mystical Place
“Songs of Mortals in Shenshan Village” of the microfilm series “Better Tourism, Better Life, Better World” takes you to Shenshan Village, which is located in Maoping Township in Jinggangshan City in Jiangxi Province. This is also a veritable old revolutionary base area.
There are 231 people in 54 households in the village and 20 registered households (or 45 people) getting out of poverty, with a poverty incidence rate of 21.6%. Shenshan Village has a red gene. It is only 10 kilometers away from the Huangyangjie Scenic Area and 13 kilometers away from the Octagonal Building in Maoping, which is the former residence of Chairman Mao. It has a unique location.
Moreover, Jinggangshan, where Shenshan Village is located, has the resources of red tourism, which was originally a good way to get rid of poverty. However, in the past, the traffic was inconvenient and it was difficult for vehicles to enter the village. Shenshan Village could only stick to the “golden rice bowl”.
Before 2014, the collective income of the village was low and mainly relied on transfer payment from the exchequer. The overall income level was low and unstable. There were three main types of employment for villagers: working outside Jinggangshan City; part-time jobs in Jinggangshan City or planting rice and cutting bamboo at home. As a result, the village was lacking of economic development impetus. The annual per capita disposable income of the village was less than RMB 2,300. Poverty once became the label of Shenshan Village.