China’s Urban Explosion, Tranquil Guizhou Villages

With the Beijing Olympics only months away, a massive wave of protests is sweeping the country over government landgrabs (, January 2008). As hyperurbanization is fueling China’s land disputes, that much more one can appreciate a visit to China’s pastoral villages. Although the Olympic Games are certainly China’s drawing card in the coming summer, one should not miss a detour to the picturesque villages of the deep interior, namely the Miao and Dong villages of Eastern Guizhou which stand out for their impressive wooden stilt houses, constructed entirely without nails.


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