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Coffin Village visit, 2014/04/02

Photos from a visit to Coffin Village, a small village with a long history.

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Coffin Village is a small hamlet in the hills of Fangshan District, in the southwest corner of Beijing Municipality.

As well as a more modern precinct, the village contains some 100 old courtyard houses that date back to the Ming and Qing dynasties – some courtyards derelict, some courtyards still tidy and lived in.

On this trip we took a slow tour of the village, poking our noses into the old courtyards and climbing up into the hills behind the village for a better view.

We helped a grandma with the grinding work - Coffin Village visit, 2014/04/02

We helped a grandma with the grinding work.

Peeking through an old door - Coffin Village visit, 2014/04/02

Peeking through an old door.

One of many grinding stones in Coffin Village - Coffin Village visit, 2014/04/02

One of many grinding stones in Coffin Village.

Old-style Chinese characters on a flagstone - Coffin Village visit, 2014/04/02

Old-style Chinese characters on a flagstone.

Walking through the village and past an old tree - Coffin Village visit, 2014/04/02

Walking through the village and past an old tree.

This is the first gate of three in the courtyard of a wealthy business man from the old times - Coffin Village visit, 2014/04/02

This is the first gate of three in the courtyard of a wealthy business man from the old times.

The villagers have built a platform that gives views of the whole village - Coffin Village visit, 2014/04/02

The villagers have built a platform that gives views of the whole village.

We walked through the alleys and lanes of the village - Coffin Village visit, 2014/04/02

We walked through the alleys and lanes of the village.

Two farmers were heading for their fields - Coffin Village visit, 2014/04/02

Two farmers were heading for their fields.

A view of part of the village, from a higher point - Coffin Village visit, 2014/04/02

A view of part of the village, from a higher point.

Another scene in the village - Coffin Village visit, 2014/04/02

Another scene in the village.

Old and delicate paintings on the eaves of one of the old courtyard houses - Coffin Village visit, 2014/04/02

Old and delicate paintings on the eaves of one of the old courtyard houses.