Laosicheng Site Fuels Cultural Tourism in Western Hunan

Editor:Sharon Lee
Updated:2016-05-09 10:23:57

  Laosicheng site, Hunan¨s first one included into the World Heritage List, was officially open to the public during the three-day May Day holiday. The opening of the relic site flourished cultural tourism of Yongshun County, as told by the county¨s Bureau of Tourism, Culture, Radio, Television, and Press.

  During the holiday, the county received 115,600 visitors, a 202% year-on-year increase. 95% of the tourists came to Yongshun for the sake of visiting the millennium-old Tusi site.

  Visitors enjoyed the beauty of the ancient town either by taking a helicopter or canoeing on Sihe River on fine days. A variety of intangible cultural performances such as Maogusi dance, hand-waving dance, and custom of crying marriage were staged to showcase the unique charm of Tujia culture. The on-site drama telling the patriotic Tusi Peng, who led a team to fight for the central government, won round of applause.

  Background information:

  Chieftains, also known as Tusi, were tribal leaders recognized as imperial officials by the government of the Yuan (1271-1368), Ming (1368-1644), and Qing (1644-1912) dynasties. The central governments back then made arrangements with local chieftains in order to rule the northwest and southwest frontiers and it proved a successful strategy.

  (Source: xinhuanet)