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Dwellings in Longji  Minority Villages

The full view of Longji Old Village can be found here. Row upon row of terraced fields spirals up the mountains, which look like dragon scales. A magnificent scenery spot of dragons rising and tigers leaping would be appreciated in the distance.

View point of“Floating Dragons to the River”
Layers upon layers of terraced fields look as if thousands of people hand in hand, advancing toward Jinjiang River. The tumbling waves looks like a floating dragon soaring with the force of an avalanche.

Until now many historic sites are retained: the countless zigzag stone roads and stone bridges; the stone made Village Gates, which were built in the eighth year of Emperor Guangxu of Qing Dynasty, are standing on the east and west of the village; the Taiping water vat, with clear animal sculptures on it, and used for fire proofing, is still serving the local people; the Memorial Stone, that is to remember Pan Tianhong, who presented a petition for civilians in the fifty-seventh year of Emperor Qianlong of Qing Dynasty; the Site of the Qing troops, whom were dispatched to stamp out the revote that was raised by remote minorities; the Longquan Fountain, carved with a dragon, is projecting water day and night; the Stone Bridge, with a patter of “Three Fishes with one Head” on it, symbolizes the Zhuang, Yao and Han people’s united determination to against the enemy.

In the village, there are lots of houses in wooden structure project linking together, which has represented the style of Zhuang minority buildings. There are also many precious trees: the over two hundred years old Chinese Yew, which belongs to the first-grade State protection, is full of strings of red beans; the over three hundred years old Camphor tree, another State protection plant, offers the residents a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.

Suspending buildings (also called Diaojiaolou) are unique dwellings in Longji minority villages. All of the architectures here are wooden and bamboo houses.

Passing by 40 miles of mountain road, many bamboo houses will jump into your eyes, some of them are built by the rivers, some by mountains. Some of the buildings are separated and standing alone, some are built together to form groups.

Most of the woodern farm houses are built by the river, locating to the north facing the south or the east facing the west. Looking from a long distance, Longji terrace and bamboo dwellings combine a beautiful picture. You may feel minority lifestyle here is simple and peaceful. Limpid spring water can be drunk at their own houses.
Go inside of the bamboo dwellings, you can see the bottom floor is usually for livestock and dead stock, The second floor is for people to live, it is also divided into two parts--the front one and the back one, the former is used for rest and manual labor while the latter was kitchen. The reason to do that is: firstly, for resisting since there were lots of wild animals in old days; the next one is for the residents' health, as the climate in hill is very humid, the people will become ill if they stay on the first floor for a long time.

The wooden houses and terraces are built halfway up the mountain; one old stone road is the only pass for the village people to go to the outside of the world. Minority people here before, such as Zhuang, Yao, Miao also communicated with external by this road.

There is an underlying regulation: every village should repair or rebuild it each year and each family should do 3 free work for it, hence, it is still in good conditions.

Go to Longji, you will feel you have gone to a world quite different from modern city. It is full of history and minority style that you won't forget.

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