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15 July 2015

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Discover Tujia Culture at Xibu Ancient Street

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Night view of Xibu Ancient Street scenic spot. [Photo/Hunan Daily]
 
Zhangjiajie, a city in Central China’s Hunan province, is renowned for amazing natural scenery within the Wulingyuan Scenic Area.
 
But many people may ignore the rich cultural resources within the city, such as Xibu Ancient Street.
 
Located in Wulingyuan, the core scenic spot of Zhangjiajie, Xibu Ancient Street highlights the culture of the Tujia ethnic group with businesses that showcase handcrafted art, traditional folk culture performances, classic local operas and mouthwatering cuisine.
 
The whole street covers an area of more than 43.7 hectares and has a total construction area of 67,000 square meters. 

Night view of Xibu Ancient Street scenic spot. [Photo/Hunan Daily]
 
Food lovers can find a variety of delicious eats at the traditional handmade snack street, the high-end leisure inn and the special water bar.
 
In recent years, Xibu Ancient Street has made efforts to integrate cultural heritage conservation with tourism market expansion, aiming to show the authentic traditional folk culture. This has worked well, attracting a large number of Chinese and foreign tourists to experience the cultural journey.
 
As the largest Tujia cultural experience center in the western Hunan region, Xibu Ancient Street was named the 2016 Hunan Provincial Characteristic Cultural Industry Demonstration Base, the Hunan Provincial Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition Base and a National 4A Level Scenic Spot.
 
Local artists perform traditional folk art at the Xibu Ancient Street scenic spot. [Photo/Hunan Daily]
 
Source: China Daily