Day 9: Impact of Tourism in XiZhou

It's been a little more than a week since we've arrived here at XiZhou, Yunnan. XiZhou is a village with mountains surrounding the west side of it, and has a beautiful lake called Erhai Lake. The climate is just amazing: a 3/10 in XiZhou is a 8/10 in Shanghai, expectation-wise. There are lots of land for farming and crops, unlike huge cities like Shanghai. In the evening, we are able to see bright stars everywhere. Even a clear moon!

The tourism in XiZhou impacts the village in lots of ways. Even though I've only been here for 8 days, Every other day, I come across tourists on the streets. Lots of tourists visit the Linden Centre, which does a great job of preserving artifacts of Yunnan, their language, and the arts of this region. (The Linden Centre is a historical hotel where we get lots of our resources, such as books and DVDs.) These tourists make an impact on this village by understanding the culture and daily life here in XiZhou. They are able to spread the traditions throughout the world, which could bring more tourists to this area. They are creating a positive impact for XiZhou. The optimistic side of tourists is that the people of this village are used to seeing foreigners around. This allows the villagers to feel comfortable having different people throughout the village. On the other side, the Bais are slowly losing their traditions. I believe the cause of this could also be because of tourists. XiZhou is becoming more and more modern, according to some of the elders we have researched for our projects. 

I hope that XiZhou can be preserved just the way as it is, since it really gives everyone around the world a good idea of Chinese culture. Without this, there would be no Microcampus! 

Comments

Great Sarah - I like how you

Great Sarah - I like how you have talked about the specific things the Linden Center has done to help preserve the local culture. Do the people of the Linden Center have concerns about the future of the area? Has there been increased tourism? What does it look like for the town itself (economically, socially)? Are people in the community making decisions based on what tourists want and not what is best for XiZhou?

Can't wait to hear more!

Ms. C

Hello! I'm a 14 year old eighth grader. I'm from Korea, and it is my 7th year in Shanghai. I was very excited to be a part of the September-October Microcampus trip. XiZhou is a peaceful, bright, and unique town with friendly locals and wonderful scenery, not to mention the night skies, stars and fresh air. This town offered me self-confidence, and let me try something different for a month. I wish luck (and lots of fun) to the next group who will be part of this remarkable journey!