Recently, at the local square of Wubu village, Zhengkeng country, Jingning County, the rating activity of “The Most Beautiful Courtyards of She Style” is in full swing on the old opera stage. The juries, which composed of people from county and township, will rate over the 40 "beautiful courtyards" on-site and finally select six to win the "Most Beautiful Courtyard of She Style” titles.
Wu Bu Village is famous for its terraced landscape and She culture, attracting countless tourists and photographers to come for sightseeing. As the first batch of villages to create A-level scenic spot in Jingning County, in order to further optimize the ecological environment of human settlement, the village come up with the concept of creating "Beautiful Courtyard" and "Mood Village" as supports, to motivate villagers to build a cleaner and more beautiful village, to consciously establish greening, beautification awareness, to participate in such activities as the bonsai transformation and the characteristic decorations, so as to coordinate the courtyard and the surrounding landscaping, and to establish nostalgic and distinctive landscape. All the She gardeners took out their most fabulous utensils in this activity. They made vase, pots and vessels from broken iron barrels, broken pots, old bottles and empty jugs with original intelligence. What is more, every lanes and corners, every piece of spaces around each houses, even the broken walls and abandoned canals are, full of the perfume of flowers.
“My house is awarded the most beautiful She courtyard, with 1000 yuan bonus! I wish this activity will continue each year ever after, to make our village more and more beautiful!” said Lei Judan, the She gardener in Wubu village.
“The basic requirement is for the environment to be clean and ordered. According to this requirement, we rated comprehensively on floral design and the courtyard landscape to screen out the ‘Most Beautiful Courtyard of She Style’, and promoted the building of the ‘Mood Village’ of Wubu village through the reward mechanism, demonstrating the charm of traditional She country in multiple perspectives, Wubu-- ‘The Living Museum of Shezu.’ Lei Jiechang, The head of the Zhengkeng country introduced.
“As the birthplace of Lishui ‘Mood Village’, Jingning insists on including the creation of ‘Mood Village’ into the top-down design of the construction of beautiful countryside. The ‘Mood Village’ not only focuses on building the appearance of the landscape, but also include culture into itself. The evaluation and competition of the‘Most Beautiful Courtyard of She Style’ in Wubu village, the competition between rural craftsmen in Baihe village, Dongkeng county, and the arena contest of beautiful countryside in Zhouhu, etc., have shown unique humanistic connotations of the ‘Mood Village’, which have really turned the beautiful countryside into different and unique landscapes, and brought a flow of ecological benefits. ”, said Xumin, the vice-director of the Liubian Office of Jingning.Since July of 2015, Jingning county has built 24 “Mood Villages”. During the building process, it combines the building of “Mood Villages” together with the building of “Beautiful Courtyard”, leading and directing the villagers to carry out the environment sanitation remediation, and promoting the building of clean and beautiful families. It has taken site-specific measures to encourage creativity and cultural awareness through competitions, and to actually lead the beauty into the countryside and the courtyards; it has built “Mood Villages” one after another, and gradually builds a group of “Mood Villages”, promoting the vigorous development of countryside tourism items such as ecological travel and tourism, farm stays, as well as home stays, etc. Practices have proved that building “Mood Village” is an effective way of eliminating the phenomenon of “dirty, disorder and bad” around the rural houses. This has effectively broken off the bad habits of rural people in producing and living, and has cultivated their temperament, improving the folk customs. It has also promoted the greening and beautifying effects in villages, and effectively improved the living environment as well as the local customs and civilization. (Pan Liujing, Jingning County Government Office)