Gaobeidian
Introduction

Gaobeidian village is a suburb of Beijing, located in the city’s Eastern Chaoyang district next to the Tonghui River. The thousand-years-old  village has a rich and complex history. Unlike most northern Chinese villages today, Gaobeidian has little farmland and agriculture. The village surrendered much of its land and resources to support the industrial and infrastructural development of Beijing since the mid 20th century. In an effort to solve the economic and social challenges resulting from this shift, the government implemented a successful program that focused on international folkloric tourism. Instead of a quiet pastoral farming village, Gaobeidian is a bustling center for cultural tourism, showcasing a variety of Chinese folk art. The flourishing streets feature stores with classic furniture and folk culture gardens. The village is propagandised by the local government and some newspaper reporters as “the window of Beijing Old Folk Customs.”

 

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