Heritage and the Poor - Lijiang, China
November 2011: Lijiang has become one of China's most important tourism destinations, mainly for local tourists who flock here from all over China. There have been 3 million visitors here in the last year, and the number seems to be still growing. 2004 annual "ticket" income was 200 million yuan ($24 million) (Beijing Review).
As a result, great changes have taken place, and the entire inner city district is dominated by shops, restaurants and guest houses.
Andre Alexander makes an assessment of how Lijiang's poor and original inhabitants have faired since World Heritage status has been given to the city.
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