On the mountains of Guizhou, scattered tea farms are the pillar of the local economy. This is Meitan county, the second largest tea production base in China.
Tea farming has helped bring over 30 thousand people out of poverty.
For decades, villagers here have made a living by growing and selling tea. Now, this newest attempt aims to develop tourism by promoting tea culture.
Locals painted their homes with different colors in order to attract more tourists. And they gave a new name to their village, the Seven Color Tribe. Houses were turned into stores.
Fan Lin said she was attracted by this place and decided to start a business here. Building tourism with tea culture. “I show them how to collect tea, and how tea is processed. It certainly provides a unique experience for many”, she said.
There are 70 households here. Since 2015, tourism has brought an income of 50 million Yuan to locals and provided 400 jobs.
Liu Yunze is the head of the local CPC working committee, he said the improvement of basic infrastructures in recent years has been very helpful in attracting tourists.
“During the daytime, villagers work in tea farms. At night, tourists can live here and enjoy rural life.”
The area of the tea garden is also expanding; many villages have gained investment. Farmers are now shareholders, the combination of tea farming with tourism is now a new engine of growth for the local economy.