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Looking China: A pastoral dream we all have


10-31-2017 16:34 BJT

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By CCTV.com Panview

Editor's foreword: "Looking China" International Youth Film Project is co-organized by the Academy for International Communication of Chinese Culture (AICCC), Beijing Normal University and Huilin Foundation. The program focuses on the young participants’ personal experiences of Chinese culture and encourages them to discover and tell Chinese stories from their own perspectives.

As of the year 2017, students from all over the world were invited to participate in the project. They were stationed in 12 municipality, provinces and autonomous regions here in China. Every filmmaker has worked out a 10-minute short film about Chinese culture around the topic of "Craftsmanship·Inheritance·Innovation.”

Have you dreamed about having an ancient, beautiful house with the garden located near the mountains? A Beijing woman named Nizi made her dream come true by renovating an old house in Yangshuo, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, southern China.

In 2013, she passed by a village accidentally in Yangshuo and was attracted to the pastoral scenery,antiquities and relative peace of the surrounding village. She saw an old house with a dilapidated yard and was touched by its fragmentary walls. She believes this is her spiritual home and by renovating it, she is preserving and passing the house down in history to the next generation.

A 64-year-old local man is looking after the house right at the moment. Everyday he cleans the floor, raises flowers and plays with birds. He claims he has a life without sorrows and anxiety. Indeed, nature can bring peace, a beautiful environment delivers joy to so many others.

In recent years, many Chinese city residents are looking forward to owning a house with a garden in the countryside. With rapid development of the economy, Chinese cities are getting bigger and busier. The tall apartment buildings have replaced most old houses, trees and the grass are giving way to wider roads. But many people still keep their pastoral dreams alive, like a popular Chinese saying goes, "There's more to life than making a living."

The movie is directed by Amir Masoud Soheili and produced by Liu Mengshu. It is well-filmed with a clear logic. You may want to visit the village after watching it. For travelers who wish to explore more about Yangshuo, a famous travel destination, this is a must watch film for them.

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