Presentation of the village and the existing building (Panel 1)
The presentation shows the village of Long Ba, on the side of the mountain the hamlet is composed of about twenty houses surrounded by rice fields and other food crops. In the center of the village is the ruin of a family temple. The temple is built according to the pattern of a house on Chinese courts. Only the walls, made of terra-cotta blocs have stood up with time. A series of bases of stone columns, some finely worked, show the location of the wooden structure that once supported the roof. Part of it is still present and will allow the pathological analysis for a reconstitution.
Vision at the scale of the territory (Panel 2)
In preparation for a reconstruction of the Long Ba Family Temple, we envision a system that aims to bring financial support to the territory through sustainable tourism. The goal of the project is to create a hiking trail in the whole valley. The departure of it would take place in the city of Houxi, by fluvial or pedestrian access, and creating a loop connecting the various villages of the valley. The use of means of transportation such as horse riding, canoeing or simply walking will limit the tourist affluence and thus preserve the valley. Hikers, aware of the ecological and cultural issues of the Youyang county could participate in various activities throughout their stay. Each village will offer activities related to the Tuja and Miao cultures, such as traditional dance classes, introductions to local handcrafts, and sales of products made on site. The villagers will invite tourists to discover the traditional cuisine of the region. The accommodation can be done in several ways, depending on the availability of villagers to receive tourists in their homes, hostels can also be established in unused buildings. Finally the possibility of camping on site may be considered. The last proposal of the project is to invite visitors to volunteer and carry out a construction internship in order to restore the buildings in ruins on the territory in a traditional way. This will entail a deep involvement in the culture of the region and its inhabitants as well as a limitation of the costs related to the reconstruction.