Project Description

Length: 11mins30secs

Director: Steven Duursma


Just a few years ago, a small Li village in central Hainan was demolished to the ground to be rebuilt by the government. The poor inhabitants had lived in small and self-made houses without electricity and running water.

But their community is located near beautiful hills and a mountain lake, which makes the area attractive for tourism purposes.

Next to this lake, Chinese business companies now plan to build holiday apartments for rich elderly people from the mainland. Therefore the village was selected to become a prototype of the social housing project “Beautiful Village”.

The villagers now live in neat houses and long to improve their lives even more.

But will this prototype Li life in a tourist area, really stay as attractive as it seems?