Charm of Caoping Town: Model of Rural Rejuvenation
Memorial Archway of Caoping Town
Caoping Town is located in the southern suburb of Dingcheng District of Changde City, adjacent to Taohuayuan Airport. It is famous not only for prosperity in literary practice, including “Hometown of Chinese Folk Culture and Art” and “Hometown of Chinese Poetry”, but also for development in industrial parks, Changde Fragrant Rice Modern Agricultural Industrial Park, for instance. In recent years, Caoping Town has closely focused on the working ideas of “cultural towns and industrial towns” and actively explored the promotion of rural revitalization with culture. For the great achievements it has made, Caoping Town is called “Caoping culture phenomenon” and “Caoping mode” by many media.
On the morning of August 14th, the Conference for Hunan Rural Habitat Environment Improvement and Beautiful Rural Construction Business Training Class was held in Caoping Town. More than 300 leading members of the province gathered in Caoping Town to jointly taste the fruit of the human settlement environment there，and they highly praised the construction achievements. In recent years, Caoping Town has closely focused on the working ideas of “cultural towns and industrial towns”, taking the rural revitalization demonstration area and the pilot project of human settlements as the starting point, and promoting the rural revitalization with culture. Its practice has won high praise of the leaders from all levels in the province, city and district and is labeled as duplicable and recommendable “Caoping model”, which is manifested in the “five-step working method”, consisting of setting goals, mobilizing deployment, doing demonstrations, focusing on rectification, and establishing an mechanism.
As the "Hometown of Chinese Folk Culture and Art" and "Hometown of Chinese Poetry", Caoping Town has given full play to its local cultural advantages and location advantages, and has defined the working ideas of "cultural towns and industrial towns" and focused on the construction of demonstration areas. The cultural and leisure tourism demonstration area has become a model township for the rehabilitation of human settlements in the city. The town hired professors from the city and district planning and design institutes to plan and design the towns and demonstration villages, held seven key meetings, and solicited opinions and suggestions from grassroots party members and masses in order to improve the plan. At present, the overall planning of the demonstration area, the planning of the settlement of the human settlements in the town , and the village planning have been completed, the district planning committee has been approved，and the village planning and design of Fangyangping Village, Douhuiqu community and Xinglongjie Village are in the process of preparation.
Family Tradition Plaques and Couplets
Caoping Town started with the “toilet revolution” as the breakthrough, implementing the first shot of the “rural revitalization” strategy. Through the integration of projects, the masses’ work, and the government’s awards, the toilet revolution has been put into operation. It is expected that by the end of August 3,638 households will have been completed. Taking "three sides and five clears" as the breakthrough point, we will promote the improvement of human settlements by setting goals, mobilizing deployment, doing demonstrations, centralizing rectification, and establishing a mechanism. The "five-step work method" is highly recognized by provincial, municipal and district leaders. Since the beginning of this year, about 60 people from Shimen, Taoyuan, Qixian and other related units and towns and villages around our district have come to visit. Adopting the form of “company plus cooperative plus farmer”, we will vigorously cultivate new rural business entities, and the traditional industry has created “a New World”. In 2018, the promotion area of high-quality rice in the town reached nearly 30,000 acres and two -thousand-acre demonstration base of oil tea was established. The newly-created demonstration base has an annual average output of about 1.1 million kilograms of tea oil and an annual total output value of over 60 million yuan. The characteristic breeding has become very popular. The annual price of peacocks has exceeded 5,000, and the income has exceeded 2 million yuan. The scale of turtle, rice shrimp and rice frog has been continuously expanded, and the average income per acre is more than 5,000 yuan. Relying on the Wangshui River, Dujuan Lake and Yuanyang Lake，which is called “One River, Two Lakes”，the town strives to develop rural leisure tourism, and the Dujuan Lake Aviation Tourism Club Base has received an investment of more than RMB 40 million. Giving full play to the advantages of folk art, all the ten villages (residential) in the town have formulated and revised the village rules and regulations, and established the “Red and White Council”. The town government has issued letters of appointment and badges to the members of the board of directors so that they can be “certified to work”. Vigorously promoting the construction of family tradition, Fangyangping Village, Sanjiaodui Village, and Douhuiqu Community actively use the poetry society, collect and sort out the family traditions and family percepts, and produce family tradition plaques and couplets for nearly 100 families. It becomes a beautiful business card that leads the local fashion.
Beautiful Dujuan Lake
It is reported that after Sanjiaodui Village removed the title of “poverty village”, the village set up a company and three major cooperatives on the basis of the mountain and water resources. The village collective income reached 500,000 yuan; the first charity association in Fangyangping Village established the registration of the civil affairs department, edited the first "Village Records". Based on profound poetry foundation, Douhuiqu Community focuses on building the Guoyan Villa poetry wall, develop cultural leisure picking. Xinglongjie Village has attempted to explore “red” resources, and established a red tourism base relying on Sun Mingjing General’s anti-war site. Other villages and communities in Caoping Town have also built Happy House in a strong atmosphere of “learning and catching up”. The town also organizes the selection of “the most beautiful courtyard, the most beautiful housing estate, the most beautiful village community, the most beautiful road, the most beautiful people”, taking the “five beauty selection” as an opportunity to solidly promote the rural revitalization work, which has produced a good social response. “The most beautiful Man in Caoping” series has been continuously reported by Red Net. Focusing on summing up and improving, each of the six young civil servants contacted a village to complete a project, carefully summarized the practices and experiences in rural revitalization, and launched a series of reports on “Rural Revitalization in Caoping Town”.
Cultural town, strengthening “soft power” as “hard support”
The countryside is the home of Chinese traditional culture, and the local culture is the root of the Chinese traditional culture. In the grand blueprint for the revitalization of the countryside, Caoping Town focuses on its construction of environment and enforces the people’s spiritual development, providing spiritual support and cultural nourishment for rural rejuvenation. The ten villages in the town have their own village regulations. They have invested nearly 20 million yuan to build a series of public cultural facilities such as Caoping Town cultural square, cultural exhibition hall, rural stage, cultural and sports activity room, library room. It holds the folk culture and art festival every two years and has established Caoping Town Folk Art Federation, created the song "Everyone says that our Caoping is good" and the Changde Sixian performance “Quickly smashing tea to welcome guests”. All these fine programs won many provincial and municipal awards and the town established 6 folk art organizations such as the Poetry Society, the Literary Federation, and the Square Dance Association.
At present, the number of folk art theatre group in Caoping Town has grown to 37, with more than 900 employees. These mass literary and artistic teams are not only active in Changde and surrounding regions, but also travel to more than 10 provinces and cities such as Guizhou, Jiangxi, Hubei, and Sichuan. The annual revenue of average performance of the town has reached more than 35 million yuan. Zou Xiaolan, a 53-year-old performer in a literary and art troupe, said, “It’s just a leisure time to dance at the very beginning. Now I would give the performance regardless of the weather. I have lost weight, lived in a better mood and increased my income.” Caoping Town has actively explored the inheritance and development of traditional culture, and made attempts in the deep integration of cultural economy. The cultural “soft power” has become the “hard support” for rural rejuvenation.
Industrial town, seizing the focal point
Agriculture is the greatest cause in the world. In late April, Caoping Town is full of vitality, with the contiguous farmland stretching in sight. The older generations toiled on the farmland but counted on the heaven for a good harvest and a living. Today, Caoping Town relies on the "cooperative plus farmer" model to unlock new ways of farming. Breaking the old model, we will make small blocks and sharp-pointed fields into a whole piece, and concentrate on the management of unified fertilization and unified mechanical operations. The elderly farmers can still do a great job in the fields. Liu Daozhen, a 70-year-old farmer, has planted 800 acres of high-quality rice, which is expected to have a yield of over 1,000 kg per acre.
This year, the conditions have become better. The fields transferred by the state investment have all been equipped with sun-lighting moths. Instead of using drugs, Liu Daozhen plans to plant rice into green food. “Changde’s fragrant rice shall go out of Caoping Town and out of Changde." Liu Daozhen Said. Liu Daozhen’s fragrant rice paddy field is only a microcosm of the industrialization of Caoping Town. The branches of the Dragon Fruit Garden in the town have grown. The dragon fruits bloom at the end of June, and ripen around July 15th. Annually the tree can bloom 8 times and bear fruit 8 times. Each of the poor households who relied on financial poverty alleviation loans last year can have a dividend of 4,000 yuan in addition to the pay from work. According to Chen Liangkai, the general secretary of the Sanjiaodui Village，the net income of Dragon Fruit Garden was close to 70,000 Yuan last year. Judging from the growth trend, the income can be doubled this year, with an estimate of around 150,000 yuan. If industry prospers, then all industries prosper. Only when the industry is prosperous can the country be revitalized. Today, the industrial park of Caoping Town has become the focal point of rural rejuvenation.
Fruitful Dragon Fruit Garden
In last Spring Festival, Zhang Heng, an immigrant worker in the city, marveled at the great changes taking place in the town when returning to the hometown. “Caoping Town has never been so orderly and clean before. Now I see the huge improvement of the town as a result of just several years’ construction and development on the cultural and industrial cause. All Caoping people become richer and happier.” Zhang said, expressing thanks to the government and business leaders for increasing their constructions to cultural and economic development over the past several years. He decided to stay at hometown to work with the cooperative instead of working outside so that he could both take care of family and start a new business of his own.