Located in central China's Henan Province, the village of Zhouzhuang is nowadays famous for its cultivation and preservation of traditional Chinese culture.
In 2011, a notable initiative was set up by retired couple Chen Fuguang and Zhou Xiulan.
Lanxin Shuyuan (Lanxin Academy) is a courtyard with five connected farmhouses where people can drink tea, read books, watch performances and see displays of farming culture.
The yard was fully finished in July 2014 and it now hosts regular activities during festivals and at wintertime when farmers have free time.
Last year, their son Chen Tao helped to build a three-story cultural hall that includes a farming culture museum and Chinese studies lecture hall.
Meanwhile, the son's wife, Zhao Yang, also established a workshop for locals to join cultural activities, and learn craft making skills which will help increase their incomes.
The workshop has offered 17 free courses on several subjects, ranging from square dancing, paper-cutting, and making of moon-shaped fans, children's clothes and sachets.
Attendees have exhibited their products at events including the 2017 China International Creative Handicraft Cultural Industry Expo (held in May), and recently they opened an online store.
|[Photos by Zhang Dianju]|
(Women of China)
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