Fire destroys China’s Wa ethnic minority’s 400-year-old village

A fire has destroyed a 400-year-old village belonging to China’s Wa ethnic minority, but no one was injured in the blaze, state media reported on Monday.

Out of the 105 traditional straw huts present in the village of Wedding, located some 30 kilometres from China’s border to Myanmar, only four are still standing, the report said.

The Wa ethnic minority lives primarily in the counties of Ximeng, Cangyuan, and Menglian in Yunnan Provinces.

According to the Year 2000 census, they have a population of nearly 400,000.

The traditional huts were made of wood, bamboo, and straw.

Only about 12 households were still living in the huts, however.

The majority of the village’s inhabitants live in a set of concrete buildings about 700 metres away, according to reports.

The village has been hailed as “the last primitive tribe’’ by China’s National Geographic magazine. (dpa/NAN)

-Feb, 15, 2021  13:44 AM