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Rhythms of an ancient life (2)

By Huo Yan and Huang Zhaohua (China Daily)

09:14, May 16, 2012

Pan Yuying, 97, has lived in Huangyao for 50 years. (Photo from China Daily)

The other attraction is the almost intact Ming and Qing-style architecture giving the town a poetic feel with its small bridges, canals and wooden houses.

A typical mountainous area of karst formations, Huangyao boasts more than 300 ancient complexes.

Unlike the water towns of East China, Huangyao is surrounded by hills, protecting it from a tourist onslaught.

Even today, people are up with the sun and retire at sundown, much like their ancestors did. There are no pubs and KTV bars blasting loud music.

At night, visitors will only hear the sound of rain and wind, and the occasional bark of a dog.

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