Overall Luoping, without the flowers, was a waste of time. As we headed towards Yuanyang Rice Terraces, we made a stop at the little-visited Chengzi Ancient Village (泸西城子古村), set on the slope of Feifeng Hill. The ancient folk houses here are a combination of both Yi and Han styles which is unique to this village. The houses are made of wood and clay with flat roofs that are connected to form a long platform hundreds of meters long. The oldest houses, without courtyards or windows, are on the hilltop belonging to the original 24 families, built in the 8th year of Emperor Yongzheng of Qing Dynasty more than 270 years ago. As the population grew, the village expanded downward from the peak. The lower down houses adopted the Han style of architecture with a courtyard in the middle and windows to promote natural lighting and air circulation. However, the roofs of these newer houses are still connected to each other forming one long platform. The villagers lay out their crop such as corn and chilies on the roof to dry and then drop them into the storehouses below throught openings in the roof.
Next post will be on the beautiful Yuanyang Rice Terraces. Stay tuned!
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