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The Village

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The main village comprised Dazhai on the south bank of the stream, with the smaller village Xiaozhai on the north. From dawn 'til dusk, these two parts of Xiangye enjoyed equal amounts of sunlight, wind and rain. The population of Dazhai was greater than that of Xiaozhai. Culturally, Dazhai was a typical Kam village, while Xiaozhai was more like a Miao village that had gradually become Kam over time. Day and night, season by season, the stream quietly owed through the paddy fields near the village, winding its way towards the east. About two kilometres east of the village, it became a waterfall, and looked like a wisp of yarn cascading into the deep valley. It poured into the Langdong river, and owed out from there into the Qingshui river.

Keywords: Dazhai; Kam village; Langdong river; Qingshui river; Xiangye; Xiaozhai



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