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Western Hunan's Laosicheng Site Named as World Heritage Site

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Aerial photo of Laosicheng Site


Maogusi Dance of Tujia Minority in Laosicheng


On-site photo of Laosicheng Site


Laosicheng, as the largest, earliest and best-preserved ancient Tusi city in China, succeeded in applying for World Cultural Heritage on July 4.


Located by the riverside of Lingxi River in the east of Yongshun County, Laosicheng was the Tusi Peng’s administration area of Ancient Xizhou, and the political, economic, cultural and military center for southwestern ethnic minorities during Tusi Period from the 13th to the early 20th century. It covered 818 years through the period of Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties with 28 royal houses and 35 feudal provincial or prefectural governors.


The site of Laosicheng consists of three areas including residential area, government office and living quarters for chieftains, as well as eight streets, namely, He (River) Street, Zuo (Left) Street, You (Right) Street, Zheng (Middle) Street, Banpo Street, Wutun Street, Yuedu Steet and Dongmen (East Gate) Street. Decorated with neat patterns of red-brown pebbles, the streets are classic and elegant with earthy style and profound Tujia features.


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Translator: Wang Xiaolu


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