In Mainland China, the revitalization of the countryside is closely tied to the development of agriculture, the beauty of the villages, and the prosperity of the farmers. This documentary series aims to showcase the captivating beauty of these villages and delve into the diverse regional cultures they embody. Through the stories of five different characters, the series explores the deep-rooted traditional trades and skills, while also shedding light on the cultural heritage and spiritual outlook of contemporary Chinese villages.
For instance, in Yunnan, a volunteer teacher engages in poetry public service activities, using poetry as a means to bring local students closer together. In western Anhui Province, two generations work hand in hand to revive the silent art of shadow puppets, bringing them back to life in the villages. Meanwhile, in Guizhou, the Dong People of Sanbao Dong Village are weaving traditional Dong cloth and implementing new ideas to cultivate their fields, striving to strike a balance between tradition and modernity.
Another captivating story revolves around the compilation of a Nushu dictionary, as new and old heirs of this unique script join forces to promote Nushu culture and embody the spirit of independence and self-improvement of women in the new era.
These villages truly represent the essence of Chinese way of life. Their traditional cultures not only serve as a bridge between travellers and their hometowns, but also connect people from all walks of life, encouraging them to engage with the villages and support their development.