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The 'Xiang' in Xiangye, which means 'village' in Chinese, perhaps derived from the Kam word for village 'xaih', while the 'ye' means 'foolish' in Kam. Thus the name in Kam means 'village of foolish people'. The village of Xiangye is in the Taiyong township area of Jianhe county, in Guizhou province. The border with Rongjiang county in Guizhou is two-and-a-half kilometres to the south. The 'Border Brook' serves to delineate the two counties. Langdong used to be a Kam village. The Kam people were forced to leave Langdong for the surrounding mountains. Those Kam people who were forced to leave Langdong during the Ming and Qing dynasties relocated to four neighbouring Kam villages: Pingdi, Zailian, Qinwang and Zailin, popularly referred to as the 'Four Kam Villages'.

Keywords: Kam villages; Pingdi; Qinwang; Zailian; Zailin



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