Chinese county promotes ecological tourism for poverty alleviation

An impoverished county in Zhangjiakou City, north China's Hebei Province, is getting rid of poverty by developing ecological tourism.

Kangbao County is one of the 10 extremely poor counties in Hebei. But in recent years, the county has found a new way to boost its economy by developing local tourism resources, such as buckwheat flowers. 

In the Bashang plateau area of Kangbao, more than 6,666 hectares of buckwheat flowers are now in full blossom, attracting many tourists from all over the country. 

Buckwheat flowers in Kangbao County in Hebei Province. /VCG Photo

Buckwheat flowers in Kangbao County in Hebei Province. /VCG Photo

During the blossom season, local authorities have also organized various activities including square dancing competition as well as self-driving tours to bring more variety to tourists. 

According to a deputy county mayor of Kangbao, since the beginning of 2019, the county has received more than 200,000 tourists. That number is expected to reach 300,000 by the year's end, bringing in over 200 million yuan (about 28.8 million U.S. dollars).