Yang Family Ancestral Hall


Built in 1836, this building's exterior (by the door) still has some faded slogans from the Cultural Revolution. There are two lovely black-and-white frescoes of mythical animals on the rear walls of the main hall. From 8.30am to noon there are half-hourly performances of Miao rituals.

It's west of East Gate Tower.

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