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A rare commitment to historical design, artwork in China

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The square of Sideng Village is now considered by some to be one of the most beautiful in China; villagers in traditional Shaxi clothes watching a performance in the square; gate leading to the old town centre of Shaxi; theatre in village square (above).

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The square of Sideng Village is now considered by some to be one of the most beautiful in China; villagers in traditional Shaxi clothes watching a performance in the square (above); gate leading to the old town centre of Shaxi; theatre in village square.

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The square of Sideng Village is now considered by some to be one of the most beautiful in China; villagers in traditional Shaxi clothes watching a performance in the square; gate leading to the old town centre of Shaxi (above); theatre in village square.

Shaxi, China

THE WOMAN shuffled around her shop in the village square, telling visitors how she came to be selling wooden swords and woven slippers to tourists rather than tending to her fields.

He Yuqing, 60, wore a blue tunic and apron, common among older ethnic Bai women of this

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