Fujian Xunpu village boasts flamboyant women & unique oyster shell houses

Updated: 29 Jun 2013
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As the Festival of Intangible Cultural Heritage is underway in the city of Chengdu, we travel now to Fujian Province and a small coastal fishing village with its own unique style.

The women there are famous for selling oysters at local markets and resourcefully recycling them in an unusual way- by building houses with them.

When arriving here, what first catches the eye is the women. They may not be supermodels, but their flowery hair styles are certainly unique and attract the curiosity of tourists. Meanwhile, their flamboyant costumes are also eye-catching.

With tons of oysters sold every day, local villagers have found an ingenious way of putting mountains of empty shells to good use - build houses.

"People in Xunpu village started to build houses using oyster shells as early as the Song Dynasty. It’s quite a long history," a local resident said.

Locals believe these shell structures won’t erode in the salty sea breeze. Some houses have been standing for hundreds of years and show no signs of decay.

Although wealthier villagers have moved into concrete buildings along the main street, these oyster houses are still dotted around, together with the colourfully dressed women.
SOURCE: China Daily
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