29 Apr '14, 2am

Armed tribe in #China village gunning for tourists

Armed tribe in #China village gunning for tourists

BIASHA (China) - A rifle shot tears the air of a mountain hamlet - met not with terror but cries of delight in China's only remaining village where the authorities encourage gun ownership. "We start carrying guns from about 15 years old," said Mr Jia Xinshan, fingering a wooden rifle's trigger as tourists snapped pictures of him in a shiny black coat. "We're the last gun tribe in China." The armaments in Biasha, a village tucked amid the wooded peaks of Guizhou province, are a reminder of an era of conflict between Beijing and the mountain tribes who still inhabit swathes of China's south-west. Villagers are allowed to own rifles but are restricted to firing them during displays for tourists - illustrating how once-restive minority groups have integrated with the state.

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/the-big-story/asia-report/chi...

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