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Revival of white-stoned Qiang village

People's Daily Online)  08:39, September 17, 2012

The Qiang village is filled with white stones and ancient totem patterns. (People's Daily Online/Huang Beibei)

The Qiang is one of the oldest ethnic minorities in China, which can be traced back to the era of Emperors Yan and Huang. The Qiang is reputed as "the ethnic minority on the clouds" since the Qiang people live under the blue sky and white clouds. They take white stones as gods to be worshipped and thus place them on hilltops, roofs, crossroads and shrines.

Ganqing Village, located in Mao County, Sichuan Province, is where the Qiang people live for generations. It was severely damaged in the Wenchuan earthquake in 2008.

Nowadays, an elegant new Qiang village is built on the original site, which maintains their traditions of ancient stone blockhouses. The waist line made up of white stones decorates walls of houses, perfectly matching the yellow wall and the brown totem pattern, which fully reflects culture of the Qiang ethnic group.

The wrecked houses no longer exist and people gradually recover from great pains caused by the massive earthquake. The Ganqing Village rebuilt in 2010 does not only create the brand of "white-stoned Qiang village" but also becomes a well-known tourist destination.

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