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Leju, a 600-year-old village on the way to revitalization

By : InKunming | Published: 2014-January-7

 
 Leju village, an old village which is not far away from Kunming. [Photo/ Linhai]

Some Leju villagers sit in front of their folk house.[Photo/ Linhai]

Leju village, located on the west of Kunming, has a history of over 600 years old.

In the wave of urbanization in China, more and more villages are demolished. Countryside lifestyles and values are being changed.

Leju village also faces the same changes. It is a village built up by Yi People, with many customs and traditions that are gradually disappearing.

Longtan lake, Huzhai river, old houses, flagstone paths, things that are existed in the village for hundreds of years, have witnessed villagers' life changes as well as their fading traditions and customs.

The village also owns another old thing that deserves to mention: a big stone mill. The big stone mill, which weighs 42 tons and has been written in Guinness World Records, is regarded as the world's biggest stone mill.

Folk-custom experts who have investigated in the village found out that a kind of special connected buildings normally known as "Yi Ke Yin"("一颗印"in Chinese) in China's building history is seen everywhere in the village.

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