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Zhoushan village spruces up to attract tourists

Updated : 2022-04-29 (chinadaily.com.cn)

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A renovated vacant house in Huangsha'ao. [Photo/WeChat account: zjzsrbs]

Huangsha'ao village in Yancang subdistrict, Zhoushan, East China's Zhejiang province, has been renovated in recent years.

The village has attracted investment in homestays renovated from run-down and vacant houses of local villagers, making it a popular destination in the area.

The old houses in Huangsha'ao are mainly bungalows built with anticorrosion stones, and each comes with a courtyard. So far, 26 of the vacant 50 houses in the village have been leased out to homestay runners.

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A homestay in Huangsha'ao. [Photo/WeChat account: zjzsrbs]

Last year, the village's Mijing Guanhai homestay opened to the public. It features the iconic architectural style of Huangsha'ao along with modern decorations.

In addition, bookstores, greenhouses, and other businesses have started seeing success in Huangsha'ao.

"I was hesitant about running a manual workshop in Huangsha'ao as I thought nobody would be visiting the village," said Hu Yue, owner of the Meise manual workshop in Huangsha'ao.

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A homestay in Huangsha'ao. [Photo/WeChat account: zjzsrbs]

It turns out that Hu's worries were in vain, as her workshop receives more than 200 customers every weekend when COVID-19 subsided in Zhoushan.

Optimistic about the prospects of Huangsha'ao, Hu took the initiative to renew her contract in the village.

More restaurants and art museums will also be built in the village to attract more tourists and create more jobs for local villagers, said Dai Yuan, a worker from Yancang subdistrict.