haikou, April 28 (Xinhua) -In the province of the island of Hainan, the town of Chubao has something unique: dozens of straw cabins in the form of a boat aligned surrounded of coconutos.

hidden in lush lush mountains in southern China, the cabins have wood or mud walls, and triangular straw roofs, giving them the appearance of a boat overturned.

The ships in the form of a boat were built by local ethnic people in the village of Chubao. For thousands of years, the LI local have lived in these houses in the rainforest.

"We live here for generations," said local villager Wang Shiqi.

In recent years, locals have gradually moved to new modern houses. But as traditional homes testify to Li culture, they are now well preserved.

The authorities are requesting that the houses are included in the World Heritage list, waiting to get more attention to the distinctive values โ€‹โ€‹of the LI culture.

Recently, the tropical jungle of Hainan and the traditional settlement of the ethnic group Li have become part of the attempt list to qualify for inclusion in the list of heritage World.

Li people have developed a distinctive culture for many years of development. Its colorful culture includes Li Brocade, Bamboo Dancing, Face Tattoos and boat -shaped boats, among others.

The legend has that the ancestors of the people of Li arrived Hainan by ships. When they arrived, they turned the boats backwards as houses to take refuge. Their descendants built the houses in the form of a boat in memory of their ancestors.

In the late 1980s, some 800,000 people still lived in housing in the form of a boat in Hainan.

But the houses were not so easy to live, since they were made of straw or mud, making them susceptible to damage by wind and rain. <>

"In the summer, it was great in the houses, but in winter, the wind that bit through the cracks," Wang Shiqi recalled.

As people's living conditions improved, they began to leave the houses.

Although the villagers no longer live in the houses, they, they, they have unique feelings attached to them.

"After all, we have lived here for a long time," said Wang.

"The houses with straw roof reflected the wisdom of the town of Li for the location and design of the house and its architecture skills." Li Jilong said, with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Radio, Television and Provincial Sports. The stories of his ancestors, said Chen Rongchuan, curator of the Cultural Museum in the city of Dongfang, which manages the Baicha village, home of more than 80 houses in those houses.

"Traditional houses have great value, and should be well preserved," said Liu Boodang, of the National Forestry Administration and pills. ENITEM

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