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Shitou village

(Shitou (meaning 'stone') village is a Bouyei village in Huanggousu township, Zhen Nin county, Guizhou province)

These photos were taken at Shitou, or Stone village which was one of the first minority villages opened to tourists.  It is near the significant tourist attraction of the Huanggousu Falls which attracts huge numbers of Chinese tourists although the Bouyei village is probably of more interest to foreigners.  The village has beautifully constructed stone houses and is situated by a large stream running through the valley with mountains in the distance.  At the village there is a stone bridge over the stream.  We were fortunate to reach the village quite early in the morning whilst it was relatively peaceful and we were therefore able to enjoy the beauty of its situation.  Old women were dressed in traditional dress and organised to sell textiles to the tourists.  They were fairly tough but not too aggressive.

all text & images Pamela A Cross

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Jpeg 27K Looking down the river as we approach Shitou village, Huanggousu township, Zhen Nin county, Guizhou province 0010t32.jpg

Jpeg 33K Harvesting the rice as we approach Shitou village, Huanggousu township, Zhen Nin county, Guizhou province 0010t27.jpg

Jpeg 41K Traditional stone houses, Shitou village, Huanggousu township, Zhen Nin county, Guizhou province 0010t28.jpg

Jpeg 38K Tumbling water in the river as it approaches the entrance to Shitou village, Huanggousu township, Zhen Nin county, Guizhou province 0010t31.jpg

Jpeg 38K Stone houses climbing up the hillside out of the village - Shitou village, Huanggousu township, Zhen Nin county, Guizhou province 0010t34.jpg

Jpeg 48K Old Bouyei woman walking through the village open area - Shitou village, Huanggousu township, Zhen Nin county, Guizhou province 0010u06A.jpg

Jpeg 42K Old Bouyei lady coming out of the doorway of her house - Shitou village, Huanggousu township, Zhen Nin county, Guizhou province 0010t37.jpg

Jpeg 35K Old Bouyei lady - Shitou village, Huanggousu township, Zhen Nin county, Guizhou province 0010t35.jpg

Jpeg 49K Old Bouyei woman walking alongside the outer wall of Shitou village, Huanggousu township, Zhen Nin county, Guizhou province 0010u04.jpg

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Jpeg 41K Block of Karst limestone outside Shitou village, Huanggousu township, Zhen Nin county, Guizhou province 0010t29.jpg

Jpeg 46K Woman carrying a baby on her back and young child in her arms outside Shitou village, Huanggousu township, Zhen Nin county, Guizhou province 0010t33.jpg

Jpeg 42K Block of Karst limestone outside Shitou village, Huanggousu township, Zhen Nin county, Guizhou province 0010t30.jpg

Jpeg 33K Two old Bouyei women - Shitou village, Huanggousu township, Zhen Nin county, Guizhou province 0010u07.jpg

Jpeg 41K Old Bouyei woman selling textiles - Shitou village, Huanggousu township, Zhen Nin county, Guizhou province 0010u02.jpg

Jpeg 43K Old Bouyei woman selling textiles - Shitou village, Huanggousu township, Zhen Nin county, Guizhou province 0010u03.jpg

Jpeg 33K Old Bouyei woman selling textiles - Shitou village, Huanggousu township, Zhen Nin county, Guizhou province 0010u09.jpg

Jpeg 37K Old Bouyei textile seller getting ready to model the jacket which I had just bought and making sure she is properly dressed for a photo - Shitou village, Huanggousu township, Zhen Nin county, Guizhou province - 0010u08.jpg

Jpeg 39K Old Bouyei textile seller modelling the jacket which I had just bought - Shitou village, Huanggousu township, Zhen Nin county, Guizhou province 0010u10.jpg

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Jpeg 24K Back view of the headdresses of two old Bouyei women - Shitou village, Huanggousu township, Zhen Nin county, Guizhou province 0010u19.jpg

Jpeg 37K Detail of the back of a jacket with an apron tied around it worn by an old Bouyei textile seller - Shitou village, Huanggousu township, Zhen Nin county, Guizhou province 0010u18.jpg

Jpeg 31K Back view of the headdress of an old Bouyei textile seller - Shitou village, Huanggousu township, Zhen Nin county, Guizhou province 0010u20.jpg

Jpeg 27K Young girl - Shitou village, Huanggousu township, Zhen Nin county, Guizhou province 0010u17.jpg

Jpeg 22K Young girl - Shitou village, Huanggousu township, Zhen Nin county, Guizhou province 0010u15.jpg

Jpeg 35K Bouyei buying liquid fuel - Shitou village, Huanggousu township, Zhen Nin county, Guizhou province 0010u16.jpg

Jpeg 34K The river looking downstream from the bridge at Shitou village, Huanggousu township, Zhen Nin county, Guizhou province 0010u12.jpg

Jpeg 29K The river looking downstream from the bridge at Shitou village, Huanggousu township, Zhen Nin county, Guizhou province 0010u13.jpg

Jpeg 31K Looking across the bridge at Shitou village, Huanggousu township, Zhen Nin county, Guizhou province 0010u14.jpg
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