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Located in the south of Hubei, known as "the South Gate of Hubei", Xianning has great renown for “Chibi old haunt of the Three Kingdoms, inland nuclear power city”, which has great advantages of its "mountain", "water" "geography","location","culture","scenery","energy"and the trend of development. Xianning is a suitable place to do ...[more]
location
Xianning City, attached to Hubei Province, known as “the southern gateway to Hubei”, is famous for sweet-scented os... [more]
Administrative divisions
Lying in the southeast of Hubei Province, along the south bank of the Yangtze River, and at the junction of Hunan, Hu... [more]
History
 Despite the late administrative construction of Xianning (prefecture-level city), the counties and urban districts under its administration all have a long history. The territory of today’s Xianning belonged to Jing Chu in the Xia and Shang Dynasties ( about 2200-1100 BC), Nan County in the Qin Dynasty(221-206 BC ), [more]
Love for Old Hous
http://English.xianning.gov.cn 08-08-29
 

  Child doing his homework

  Elderly man husking corns 

  Preserving vegetables 

  Caoxie Village--Big House in Daping country

  Be engrossed in a book

  How many stories contained in the tobacco pipe?

  People living in the city were running around and working hard every day for a living. Occasionally looking up at the trees outside the window, we were only to find that the leaves had begun to get languish. I knew their annual reincarnation was going to end. Sometimes, walking among these ancient dwellings which were exquisite but damaged and depleted in the village, I would be thinking, would these ancient dwellings have reincarnations after this season?

  Such idea was somewhat of the taste of a dream.

  The sunshine in the wild was bright yet no longer as reckless and enthusiastical as summer, showing the warmth and coolness as well as romance of autumn. In Daping Village of Tongcheng County in Xianning, the rice in the field hadn't got ripe. The blue-yellow rice wave flooded to the horizon like the tide. Lines of green and verdant vines and grape trees set off numbers of villages. In the periphery of Caoxie Village Big House were buildings--industrial reproductions which were newly decorated inside and outside and suffused with silver light. Behind the buildings was these old houses in the brink of getting leaning and moldering. The water eaves patio, deep and quiet , bright and spacious big yard, blue bricks and gigantic black tiles, faded and red giant lacquer door, antique window frames and carved beams falling on the creepers, all these were propping up hard through experiencing wind blowing and rain erosion. Several old stories were rooted in the quaint courtyard and slowly grew out.

  The sky over the patio of the Big House in Caoxie Village was so blue that it was just like a turquoise inlaid in the roof. Several elderly men sat in the patio with a cane, stranding corns and chatting in the added faint light provided by the patio. As that cadenced country vernacular echoed in the dark and shadowy patio, it seemed that you could capture every note. The stories and legends of Caoxie village were mostly told by elderly men whose beard and eyebrows were all white. They pinched a long tobacco stems, pitting and puffing. Those stories were just like the heavy smoke slowly spewing out from the tobacco pipe. These moldering and tumbled walls of the village seemed restored in their statements, which would make you admire again for the peculiar customs here.

  Children were the most active members in the old house. Pilgrimage to the West begins! From a corner of the yard spread the clear and crisp childish voice. Several little children doing their exercises in the courtyard set aside their exercises and quickly headed into the small house of the yard, regardless of their grandpa's shouts. These little heads crowded together and started watching TV with relish.

  We were strolling along the deep and serene old house just so, stroking these exquisite caned designs, over and over again looking back on and recording her age and features. Maybe the old house would be forgotten someday by time, without reincarnation. However, those days we spent in it and the casusal and calm attitude towards life of the old house which is not moved by honor or disgrace would forever remain in our hearts.  (written by Du Peiqing and Photographed by Zhouwen)


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