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Xiangye was only connected with the outside world by narrow, winding, precipitous mountain paths, as it was located in mountainous terrain. The same was true of neighbouring Miao and Han villages. The people of Xiangye lived for generations in this remote area without much interference from outside. They worked and lived in a peaceful natural environment and like the environment, their lives seemed pure, transparent and tranquil. In the past, the wind-and-rain bridge and the bull fighting arena had been two important landmarks in Xiangye. The railings on each side and the planks set on stone slabs (for sitting on) had disappeared. The bare wooden surface of the bridge was all that remained, broken in places and practically disused. It was certainly no longer a place where people sat down to rest or enjoy the cool breeze.

Keywords: wind-and-rain bridge; Xiangye

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