This boutique inn in Shixia Village of the Yanqing District, Beijing, is one of the 124 guesthouses branded as a "horticultural homestay" by local authorities. /CGTN Photo)
Beijing's upcoming International Horticultural Expo means big business for small communities. One village just outside the capital city has seen a surge in visitors thanks to the expo. CGTN went to one around the expo venue to take a closer look at the potentials.
The Great Wall at the section of Shixia Pass is known for its broken fragments and watchtowers dating back to ancient times, drawing visitors from far and wide every day. At its base, a village with the same name is also attracting tourists. These courtyards serve as important getaways for more urban dwellers.
"My friend recommended I come here," said one tourist. "The grilled pork dish and fried eggs with stones are their specialties. When the dishes are served, it gives me a sense of ritual. Sometimes we even have to book in advance."
At the Beijing Shiguang Great Wall Boutique Inn, regular visitor Zhang Yanyi is with family and friends. "Unlike ordinary hotels, these countryside courtyards combine modern living and eating local delicacies, and it's a great opportunity to appreciate nature, particularly for our children," Zhang said.