First settled in the Tang dynasty, Pingshan was once the largest village in the county, with 38 ancestral halls and 13 archways. Its stature made it a target during the Cultural Revolution and only a handful of these structures remain. The lack of grand halls means that Pingshan sees few visitors; most who do come are art students sitting with easels in shady corners. With its canal lined with rose bushes, meandering cobblestone lanes and whitewashed homes, the village is a delightful picture.

Just a few kilometres away is Xiuli, a repository of restored old buildings.

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1. Yixian Xiuli Cinema Village

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4. Mukeng Zhuhai

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5. Nanping

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6. Tachuan

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7. Guanlu

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8. Qiyun Shan

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