Modern facilities turn traditional village into tourist attraction

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Shiyihe village in Shantou, Guangdong province, which has rows of traditional courtyard houses, has become a hot spot for leisure seekers, after the infrastructure, including the alleys, pipelines and public toilets, has been renovated.

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Modern facilities turn traditional village into tourist attraction

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About 140 of the 355 courtyard houses, mostly built in the 1980s, have been rented and turned into art studios, tourist accommodations, restaurants and teahouses, said Xie Yinxiang, a member of the Party committee of the village.

After renovation, each of the courtyard houses can generate 20,000 yuan (S$4,000) in rental a year, bringing additional income to villagers, she said, adding tourism has also boosted the catering business along a main road in the village.

A handout photo. An alley after renovation in Shiyihe village.
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A handout photo. A traditional courtyard house in Shiyihe village.
PHOTO: China Daily/Asia News Network 
A handout photo. A traditional courtyard house in Shiyihe village has been turned into a teahouse.
PHOTO: China Daily/Asia News Network
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