At the first glance, Puyuan Village appears no difference from other historical villages in China. But it's the carp fish in a local creek, known as the Carp Brook, that make the village special.

FUZHOU, July 11, 2020 (Xinhua) -- Puyuan Village covers an area of 9.2 square kilometers and has a population of about 6,200. Originated from the Ziyun Mountain, several streams converge into the 3,000-meter-long Carp Brook, with 800 meters of it flowing through the village.

For over eight centuries, Puyuan residents have lived in harmony with the carp ever since their ancestors settled down in the village. Rules were made to protect the carp as well as to keep the brook water clean. Some villagers still prepare funeral rituals and burial places for deceased carp.

Although this carp-loving tradition began to reel in tourists as early as the 1980s, it was not until 2016 that Zhouning County authorities officially made carp tourism a key element in local plans to promote tourism-based development.

So far, the county government has invested 150 million yuan (about 21.46 million U.S. dollars) to improve the ecology and tourism amenities within Puyuan's Carp Brook scenic area.

While carp viewing remains the main tourist attraction in Puyuan, activities which derive from the village's carp culture are also available for visitors. Many villagers have become business owners and profited from the tourism industry.

In 2019, more than 600,000 tourists have visited the Carp Brook scenic area, bringing in 304 million yuan (about 43.47 million U.S. dollars) in tourism revenue.

Photo taken with a drone shows tourists viewing lotus flowers at a park in the Carp Brook scenic area of Puyuan Village, Puyuan Township, Zhouning County, southeast China's Fujian Province, July 3, 2020. (Xinhua/Jiang Kehong)

Aerial combo photo shows villagers and tourists spending their leisure time at a park in the Carp Brook scenic area of Puyuan Village, Puyuan Township, Zhouning County, southeast China's Fujian Province, on April 17, 2020 (up) and on July 3, 2020. (Xinhua/Jiang Kehong)

Children feed carp in Puyuan Village, Puyuan Township, Zhouning County, southeast China's Fujian Province, July 3, 2020. (Xinhua/Jiang Kehong)

A school of carp swim in the Carp Brook of Puyuan Village, Puyuan Township, Zhouning County, southeast China's Fujian Province, July 3, 2020. (Xinhua/Jiang Kehong)

A boy feeds carp in Puyuan Village, Puyuan Township, Zhouning County, southeast China's Fujian Province, July 3, 2020. (Xinhua/Jiang Kehong)

Aerial photo shows villagers demonstrating a funeral ritual for deceased carp in Puyuan Village, Puyuan Township, Zhouning County, southeast China's Fujian Province, July 4, 2020. (Xinhua/Jiang Kehong)

Aerial photo shows villagers demonstrating a funeral ritual for deceased carp in Puyuan Village, Puyuan Township, Zhouning County, southeast China's Fujian Province, July 4, 2020. (Xinhua/Jiang Kehong)

Villagers demonstrate a funeral ritual for deceased carp in Puyuan Village, Puyuan Township, Zhouning County, southeast China's Fujian Province, July 4, 2020. (Xinhua/Jiang Kehong)

Villagers pass by the Zheng Ancestral Hall, a historic architectural site, in Puyuan Village, Puyuan Township, Zhouning County, southeast China's Fujian Province, July 4, 2020. (Xinhua/Jiang Kehong)

Young visitors buy fish-themed souvenirs in Puyuan Village, Puyuan Township, Zhouning County, southeast China's Fujian Province, July 3, 2020. (Xinhua/Jiang Kehong)

A tourist (2nd R) tries a Han costume rental service in Puyuan Village, Puyuan Township, Zhouning County, southeast China's Fujian Province, July 4, 2020. (Xinhua/Jiang Kehong)

Photo taken with a drone shows villagers and tourists walking by the Carp Brook around sunset in Puyuan Village, Puyuan Township, Zhouning County, southeast China's Fujian Province, July 3, 2020. (Xinhua/Jiang Kehong)

 Two children are seen by the Carp Brook in Puyuan Village, Puyuan Township, Zhouning County, southeast China's Fujian Province, July 3, 2020. (Xinhua/Jiang Kehong)

Aerial photo shows villagers and tourists spending their leisure time at sunset in the Carp Brook scenic area of Puyuan Village, Puyuan Township, Zhouning County, southeast China's Fujian Province, April 17, 2020. (Xinhua/Jiang Kehong)

Aerial photo taken on April 17, 2020 shows the night view of the historical village of Puyuan in Puyuan Township, Zhouning County, southeast China's Fujian Province. (Xinhua/Jiang Kehong)

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