Village BA basketball tournament held in Southwest China
In March 2023, Guizhou province hosted the first edition of the local league game under the title "Beautiful Countryside". Consisting of only amateurs, the competitions were held to celebrate the Miao ethnic harvest festival that falls on the sixth day of the sixth month on the Chinese lunar calendar.
Four teams contested this year's finals. Team Tongren overcame Team Bijie 57-50 to finish third.
A torrential downpour forced the championship game to be rescheduled.
The team Qiandongnan won the championship by beating the team from Zunyi City, 68-65.
For this year's prizes, the winner received a national intangible cultural heritage Miao silver hat and local agricultural products.
The first runner-up won a Taijiang sturgeon and a wooden dragon boat.
The second runner-up won local agricultural products such as "Sansui sesame duck" and embroidery pieces.
There were no superstar players, no advertising, and no tickets. But a single match among ordinary villagers could attract over 10,000 people to watch from the stands.
The cumulative number of views on live-streaming platforms reached hundreds of millions.
Taipan Village has gone through a major renovation to boost tourism.
Apart from free entrance for the games, the village has also set up more parking lots and snack streets in surrounding areas.