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Horse-drawn carts used to explore Uygur culture in Huocheng

Updated: 2014-06-11
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A newly-designed horse-drawn cart has appeared on the roads of Huiyuan ancient town within Huocheng county in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, brightening the days of local people and tourists alike.

The Uygur folk tourism project, promoted by Huiyuan town government, has transformed the district into an ecological and cultural tourist sight. A tourist service center has been set up, nine Uygur families have been selected as home visit spots and a mosque is open to all.

The local government has bought five battery-powered sightseeing buses and 10 horse-drawn carts. The customized carts can accommodate six passengers at a time and are driven by experienced Uygur coachmen.

The Uygur folk tourism project allows tourists to visit unique streets and folk houses, taste Uygur cuisine, enjoy ethnic singing and dancing and visit traditional artifacts workshops.

The project offers tourists a first-hand experience of Uygur culture and customs, while also creating employment.

Horse-drawn carts used to explore Uygur culture in Huocheng
The project offers tourists a first-hand experience of Uygur culture and customs

Liu Bocheng, secretary of the local tourism administration, said the project will create 100 jobs, generate ticket income of 1.8 million yuan ($ 288,180) per year and collective economic growth of 200,000 yuan for the county, enhancing the average monthly salary to above 3,000 yuan.