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According to the incomplete statistics, there are more than 1 400 towers in Kaiping in the year of 2 000. The architectural style of watchtower originated rather early. In early Qing Dynasty, there already appeared such towers in villages round Kaiping. Up to the early 20th century, with the inflow of the large sum of overseas capital, the financial conditions of many relatives of overseas Chinese were greatly improved, for example, in Taishan County only, the overseas remi�ance reached as high as US$ 10 million before 1929, a�er 1929, it rocketed to US$30 million.

The woodhouse village usually has a village gate (the Dong nationality’s wood-house village often has storm-tossed bridges besides village gate) while some wood-house villages might have several gates. The Longji thirteen villages of Multinational Autonomous County of one hundred km away from Guilin city and 1000 meters above sea level, is known as symbol of the world terraced fields, where the terraced fields are both imposing and winding. The Zhuang nationality had to face the adverse circumstances, for instance, the Ping’an Village is a village situated at the highest sea level among the thirteen villages.

In the back of the room is a sandwich structure for food stockpile and serving as the bedroom of the old people. The right side of the principal room is the living room for housewife; in one corner of principal room is the top of the kitchen range and on the corner of which is placed a shrine on which placed the god statue, sacrifices, and vase. Under the kitchen range is the fire pit. The right side of the fire pit is prepared for the hosts while the left side is reserved for guests. There are two big columns in the room, one is called left 51 Chinese Vernacular Dwelling column or male column while the other is referred 52 as right column or female column.

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