Terraced fields at a village in the Nanchuang district of Chongqing, southwest China, a traditional way of life in danger of vanishing in the drive to urbanisation. Photo: Xinhua

Former culture chief sounds alarm over China’s vanishing traditional villages

The mass migration of people from the countryside to cities is destroying a valuable rural legacy, former cultural heritage chief warns

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Terraced fields at a village in the Nanchuang district of Chongqing, southwest China, a traditional way of life in danger of vanishing in the drive to urbanisation. Photo: Xinhua
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Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou joined the South China Morning Post's Beijing bureau in 2010. She covers China's diplomatic relations and has reported on topics such as Sino-US relations, China-India disputes, and reactions to the North Korea nuclear crisis, as well as other general news.