Day 9: Water Rights
XiZhou is a village that is located next to one of the biggest lakes in all of China, Lake Erhai. Lake Erhai is a lake that spans to a maximum length of 40 kilometers and a maximum width of 8 kilometers. Lake Erhai is XiZhou's main source of water. All of the streams that lead into the village of XiZhou are all leading water form Erhai to the village. Besides Erhai XiZhou has another main water source. XiZhou is a small village surrounded by mountains. While we were on a hike on one of the mountains we discovered noises of water rushing down the mountains. Once we uncovered some leafs we realized there were aqueducts leading water from the mountain to the village. The water in XiZhou is used for farming, food, and human necessities.
The water is XiZhou is distributed through pipes and open slopes that run through the village. Near the area that we are staying at there is an evident sign of water distribution. Near were we stay there is a road that is currently under cunstruction. The reason being that below those roads they are placing pipes, in order to distribute the water around the village. For the next 2 weeks I will continue to keep an eye out for more examples of water distribution.