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Hometown of overseas Chinese of Yisha (2)

(People's Daily Online)

16:45, December 19, 2011

In the Qianlong Emperor and Daoguang Emperor period of the Qing Dynasty, the copper smelting industry thrived in the Yisa Town. The industry attracted a lot of Han nationality people to this place and they brought in advanced copper smelting techniques and business management skills which promoted the prosperities of various industries in this town. However, due to the long-term lumbering and excessive exploitation, the hills became bald, the environment was ruined and the water resource was more lacking. By the end of the Qing Dynasty, many copper mines were closed due to various reasons. Therefore, the miners who had lost their jobs formed horse columns and started doing the trade business in countries such as Laos, Vietnam, Burma and Thailand. Because of the wide plain of the Southeast Asia, the traders called their business “going to the plain.” Sometimes they traded opium, but they usually traded gold, silver, medical materials, salt and other products.

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