Mengla: poverty-stricken Yao village turned into tour destination
In the Hebian village of Mengban town in south Yunnan’s Mengla County, almost every family is running guest rooms nowadays. Here, most villagers belong to the Yao ethnic group.
Falling under the jurisdiction Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Mengla used to be poor and lack of basic infrastructures, but locals were not readily willing to change the poor conditions.
Hebian village is home to 54 households, of which 12 were identified as extremely impoverished ones. Back to 2009, most villagers live in their own shabby houses, and they did not want to be involved into projects under the poverty-relief plan.