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Hongcun is a village in Yi County in the historical Huizhou region of southern Anhui Province, China.
The village is arranged in the shape of an ox with the nearby hill (Leigang Hill) interpreted as the head, and two trees standing on it as the horns. Four bridges across the Jiyin stream can be seen as the legs whilst the houses of the village form the body. Inside the “body”, the Jiyin stream represents the intestines and various lakes such as the “South Lake” (Nanhu) form the other internal organs.
The architecture and carvings of the approximately 150 residences dating back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties are said to be among the best of their kind in China.
The village became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
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The mortar used to bind the Great Wall’s stones was made with sticky rice!
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