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Xidi and Hongcun Ancient Villages are traditional villages in China
. They stand in the eastern part of the country, in the province of Anhui. Xidi and Hongcun Ancient Villages represent the type of settlements, which had almost disappeared from China during the last century. The villages are large, and the centre is far from the edges. The streets plans, the architecture, the decoration and the connection of the houses with the complex water supply system are especially rare. The villages stand on the banks of Nanhu Lake, which reportedly has a shape of a buffalo. The villages are the buffalo's belly, the small lake represents the stomach, the water system winding between the houses are the intestines and the bridges over the adjacent river represent its legs. Xidi and Hongcun Ancient Villages has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000.
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