>> In China, there are few weapons that aren't controlled by the state. But one mostly Christian minority far from Beijing embraces the crossbow as their birthright. Here in Lujiang, on the mountainous border with Myanmar, they still use crossbows for sport. Control of weapons by China's government is so strict that it's even hard to buy kitchen knives during big political events in Beijing and other cities.
There's decades of ban on hunting but still use the bows to shoot birds and rodents in the ragged hills. They say it's a century's old tradition, and some there even claim it has rich benefits for health and well-being.>>
> Friends from all over the region came together today. This is just a time when we come here to chat and tell stories. If not for this, then we wouldn't have time to gather.>> A way to come together and catch up, keeping a traditional community alive, far from China's booming megacities.
I'm 60 years old and they don't ever hurt.>> The local government has said it's committed to keeping the culture of the crossbow alive, and for the last few years of being running tournaments to encourage young people to learn the skill. But for many, the competition isn't really important.
As the weapon is something that they say keeps the community together.>>