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Xicunfang Ancient Dwelling,a 300-Year Old Mysterious Village

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Xicunfang Ancient Dwelling is located in Yidushui Town, Xinning County, Hunan Province. Thanks to its location at the intersection of the ancient post roads between Wugang Prefecture and Yongzhou Prefecture, trade and business have flourished through the ages, making it a settlement and resting place. Because there was a village in the west of the brook, and there were workshops in the east and west of the bridge, so it was named Xicunfang(literally translated as West Village Workshop).

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The main body of the existing ancient dwellings in Xicunfang was built by Li Jifu, a memeber of local famous Xiaoxi Li clan during the Kangxi period of the Qing Dynasty, and gradually expanded by his grandchildren in Qianlong and Jiaqing periods. With a history of more than 300 years, it is an ancient and mysterious village with the architectural characteristics of Luling school. The ancient building complex is adjacent to the mountains and surrounded by the brook. With a total construction area of 6218 square meters, it includes houses, ancestral halls, guild halls, bridge pavilions and other parts.

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Located in the southwest and facing the northeast, the main buildings of residential complex are arranged in three vertical and three horizontal directions, forming nine quadrangle courtyards of different ages, seemingly unified but relatively independent. The non-slip pavements are paved with cobblestones with all kinds of patterns and designs, and crisscross with ditches.

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The layout of the buildings is orderly, and the strictness of the feudal hierarchy is reflected everywhere. The building complex is majestic and simple. The exterior walls are built with blue stones and blue bricks one by one. The cornices and corners are tilted and the beams are painted with different colors. The interior is made of wood structure. It is said that no iron nail was used. After hundreds of years of wind and rain, it still stands. The wooden walls, doors and windows of each building are decorated with various patterns and carvings, which are exquisite and antique in drawing, and pleasing to the eyes.

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This complex of buildings is large in scale, rigorous in structure, well-proportioned in layout, and exquisite in craftsmanship, which is rare in Shaoyang city. It has high historical, scientific and artistic values and can be called the superior work of ancient architectural art in Ming and Qing Dynasties, enjoying a good reputation as a wonderful work of folk houses in southwest Hunan Province.

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Since the beginning of the new century, this small mountain village, which has been silent for hundreds of years, finally attracted the attention of the world. In January 2011, Xicunfang Ancient Dwelling was announced as a provincial cultural relic protection unit by the Hunan People’s Government. In 2013, it was officially listed in the second batch of Chinese Traditional Villages.

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Social media influencers happily picked Langshan navel orange

Taking the opportunity of the 6th China ~ Langshan Navel Orange Cultural Tourism Festival, a group of social medial influencers went to Xinning county to find the birthplace of Langshan navel orange, Xiangtang Village in Qingjiangqiao town to pick navel oranges.

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Why must they choose Xiangtang Village? There are two reasons.

Firstly, Xiangtang is the birthplace of Langshan navel orange. To make a long story short, the time goes back to 1930, when Chen Zhong, who was studying at the Huangpu Military Academy and was excellent in academics, obtained several Washington navel orange seedlings from the American instructors and planted them in his hometown of Xiangtang.

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The American navel orange that came across the ocean is very well suited to the soil and water of Xiangtang. Chen Zhong became the first person to introduce navel orange to China, and Xiangtang Village became the birthplace of Chinese navel orange.

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Secondly, the Big-V opinion leaders, a group of travel experts who love to catch typical examples and pretend to be forced, went to Xiangtang to pick navel oranges, which seemed to be higher.

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Besides, the joy of picking lies in the pleasure of reaping without work. No farming in spring, no management in summer, no maintenance in winter, just waiting for the joy of autumn harvest, let alone the social media influencers, who is not so?

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It’s better to take advantage of this year’s export hindrance and choose a weekend to pick Langshan navel orange in Xinning county, Hunan province!

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Beautiful Big Fish Pond in early winter

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People praise the graceful peony, the summer lotus that comes out of the mud but not stained, the autumn chrysanthemum in Mount Nan, the wintersweet in the cold winter, but I only love the metasequoia in Big Fish Pond of Xinning county!

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In today’s clamorous world, this flaming metasequoia forest can ignite our almost chilled passion for life, and also illuminate the wilderness of our hearts narrowed by material desires.

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The Big Fish Pond was a virgin until it was discovered by a group of outdoor lovers in year 2014. It is actually a wetland lake located in the outskirts of Xinning county. The etasequoias in the lake constitute a harmonious natural ecology map. Now, the Big Fish Pond is a famous tourist attraction in Xinning county.

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Photos by Luo Qiufa

 

″Romantic Langshan, Soul of Danxia″ photography works revealed

In order to fully demonstrate the beauty of Langshan mountain, attract photographers to create photography with keen insight and unique perspective, and promote the development of Langshan, China photography press and Xinning County People’s Government jointly held the National Photography Exhibition of “Romantic Langshan, Soul of Danxia”. Many photographers from all over the country made contribution to the exhibition. Now the selected works are revealed.

Clouds Sea in Baojiao Stronghold-By Cedar Kraus

Egrets happily visit Liuping village – By Jiang Zhonghan

Snow-sealed Danxia-By Chen Lin

Crafts Teaching-By Liu Zhigang

Spring- By Tang Yanbin

Green Mountain-Qin Yongyao

The King Inspects Mountain-By Dai Xiaohui

Danxian Floating Cloud-By Zheng Jianfeng

Tofu Museum -By Li Sha

Flying Over – By Jiang Jun

Fairy Tale of Harvest – By He Rongxiang

Beautiful Scenery of Fuyi River – By Liang Wu

Magic Bay of Fuyi River -By Gong Shunsong

Jixinding Snow Scene -By Zhu Jubin

Flying Rainbow over General Stone-By Liu jiao’e

Dragon Out to Sea – Wang Xiaobin

Langshan’s Dawn – he Wanquan

Langshan’s Buddha Light -By Chen Yuhai

Langshan’s Sea Fog – Mo Jiaxun

Morning Rhyme of Langshan Terrace-By Li Ruxin

Langshan Idyllic Spring Scenery -By Li Xinhua

Romantic Sun Valley – By Hu Pengfei

Lixi Rafting -By Lei Zhenliang

Carps Paddling in The Sea -By Luo Ling

Dragon Dance -By Li Riai

Camel Peak – By Liu Zhijun

Dreamlike Bajiao Stronghold – He Xianhai

Aerial View of the Danxia Top-By Zhong Yueneng

Morning of Niubi Village-By Deng Qingshan

Veil-By Li Xiangjie

Love under General Stone-By Huang Dajiang

Picturesque Village – Mo Jianmei

LivestreamingIn Xicunfang-By Deng Yongfei