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Date: 11/11/2000
Open air museum

GUIYANG

Open air museum

The Langde Miao Village Museum, in Guizhou Province, is the only open-air folk museum out of more than 1,400 museums across the country. Since its opening in 1987, it has received 500,000 tourists from home and more than 30 foreign countries and regions. It makes an annual profit of 300,000 yuan (US$36,145) for the village.

Langde Miao Village is located 27 kilometres southeast of Kaili, the capital city of Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture. The village is home to 500 Miao people, who have houses scattered along the hillsides.

When visitors from the outside enter the Miao village, they are received by the hosts in a unique way. According to Miao custom, in order to show hospitality, a host will stand in the middle of a road to delay guests and then ask them to drink wine from cups made from horn before they are finally allowed into the village.

Once inside the Miao village, visitors can enjoy performances of dancing and singing by villagers.

XI'AN

Silk road welcomes tourists

More routes linking historical sites along the ancient Silk Road have been opened, in addition to new tours launched by travel agents.

Tourists are increasingly rushing to see grottoes, terra cotta figures, temples and ruined cities along the road, of which 1,700 kilometres is in Northwest China.

The road starts in Xi'an, capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi Province, and ends in Rome. It was mainly prosperous between the second century BC and the second century AD.

Geological changes, wars and new trade routes using the oceans eventually destroyed the road's popularity. However, a large number of relics have been preserved.

China has been promoting tourism along the road as a part of its ambitious campaign to develop its poor western regions.

The government has invested money in airports and luxury hotels, and to improve services in the region, according to sources.