World heritage Tusi site draws tourists

In southwest China’s Guizhou Province, Hailongtun castle in Zunyi City is drawing tourists from near and far during the National Day holiday.

The ruins of Hailongtun castle is one representative of China’s Tusi sites, which was included into the UNESCO World Heritage list in July in Germany.

“The scenery is amazing and beautiful. I’m here to understand the tribe culture several hundred years ago… It’s great!”

“I’ve visited the ruins seven to eight times. Since Hailongtun became a World Heritage site, it has attracted more tourists and seen improved facilities, which need huge investment and cultural promotion. It’s worthwhile to travel here. Climbing is good for health…”

Tusi was a tribal leader appointed as an imperial official by the central government in ancient China.

The Tusi system was a political system adopted by feudal Chinese emperors to govern ethnic minority regions.

The newly-listed world heritage offers a glimpse into the system that governed ethnic minorities in southwest China for eight centuries.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): QIANJIN, Marketing manager, Hailongtun castle
“We’ve improved infrastructure and tried to protect the original look of the ruins. We hope tourists will understand the history of the Tusi system after visiting.”

Hailongtun castle was built in 1257 in Zunyi.

To protect Hailongtun, the Zunyi government has allocated about 300 million yuan, or 48 million U.S. dollars, to relocate residents and improve the site.

The World Heritage Tusi sites also group the Tangya Tusi city in central Hubei Province and the Yongshun old Tusi city in central Hunan Province.

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