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From poverty to prosperity

By Yang Feiyue | China Daily | Updated: 2016-12-21 07:29

The air is not only clean but also scented with the lingering aroma of tea.

Junying village also hosts many unique stone formations. Some resemble pigs' heads, while others seem to be covered by waves. Several feature fading inscriptions local lore says were done by historical figures.

The mountainside settlement's main attraction is the 5,000-square-meter Qicai (Seven Colors) Lake. Its sapphire waters are comparable to the water bodies in Sichuan province's Jiuzhaigou.

Unless you look closely, it can be difficult to tell where the water ends and the sky begins. Verdant trees and green mountains also hug the cobalt-colored crescent.

The eastern edge of the village is laced with hiking routes through leafy woods and flower-filled meadows, and bamboo suspension bridges cross ravines.

Cycling lanes and tea-exploration routes are in the works, the government says.

A growing number of homestays offer overnight accommodation.

Indeed, the natural appeal of the village's pristine environment, folksy authenticity and terrific tea mean not only are more urbanites arriving but also may stay longer.

And this is producing a legacy that's rich-in every sense.

Contact the writer at yangfeiyue@chinadaily.com.cn

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