Happy life of Keyi Village in Mile, Yunnan
Keyi is a village featured by the Axi Moon Dance(阿细跳月) folk custom, and the Axi people is a branch of the Yi ethnic group.
In 2000, a professor with Yunnan University came to Keyi to research local Yi folk customs, and his publications allowed the village known to more people outside. Now the village becomes a model for rural tourism in Yunnan.
During the annual Axi Tiaoyue Folk Festival or Axi Moon Dance Festival, locals hold different kinds of celebrations such as singing, dancing and wrestling.
In 2018, the village received 670,000 tourists, representing an increase of 8%; and its tourism revenue reached 10.72 million yuan, an increase of 17% year on year.
Thanks to the booming tourism, used-to-be migrant workers in the village return to their home to start businesses related to rural tourism. In addition to opening inns or restaurants, the village youngsters also use the e-commerce platforms to sell local specialties such as honey to consumers abroad.