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Yutou Dong Village

Yutou Dong Ethnic Village is an ancient village which is situated in 8 km away from Tongdao County, Central China's Hunan Province.The village was built between the years of 1368 and 1398, according to the archaeologists. There are currently 182 ethnic Dong families living in the village.


Architectural styles of Yutou Dong Village dating back to the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties have been well-preserved in the village. However, many of the structures in the village are dilapidated and will likely collapse, according to the archaeologists.


Yutou Ancient Dong Village has been built as a 4A class national scenic spot to opened to tourists.The first phase of the project was finished in 2010, in the village of Yutou Dong in the province's Tongdao Dong Autonomous County, while the second phase of the project is currently under way. A road and parts of several buildings in the village will be restored by the end of this year, according to Yang Shaoyong, head of the county's cultural relic management department.The second phase of a restoration project for an ancient village in central China's Hunan Province is expected to be completed in 2012.


Tongdao Dong Autonomous County is successfully included in the list of National Comprehensive Tourism Demonstration Zones. There are 19 counties or cities on the list of Hunan, while Tongdao is the only one of Huaihua City.

In 2015, Tongdao received tourists of 2,680,000 person-times and realized the general tourism income of RMB 1,310 million Yuan, increasing by 21.8% and 23.4% respectively. The tourism output value occupied 38% of Tongdao's GDP, proving that tourism industry as the core engine of Tongdao economy. At present, Tongdao has successfully created 2 national 4A scenic spots and 3 national 3A scenic spots, accelerated the construction of Pingtan Dong Village 3A-level scenic spot, Tongdao Zhuanbing Memorial Hall 4A-level scenic spot, Wanfoshan scenic spot, Dong Village 5A-level scenic spot, Longdi 4A-level scenic spot, as well as Yutou Ancient Dong Village scenic spot.

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