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Se’er Ancient Tibetan Village

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Se’er Ancient Tibetan Village Introduction

Se’er Ancient Tibetan Village is located in Heishui County, Aba Autonomous Prefecture, and 1,790 meters above the sea level. With its humid climate, rich products, it is known as a place of abundance. Se’er Ancient Tibetan Village is a typical region, where Tibetan and Qiang ethnic cultures exchange with each other. It is built near the mountain and along the river, making it an authentic, simple and mysterious Tibetan village that is often described as a “Mysterious Oriental Castle."

Se’er Ancient Tibetan Village

Se’er Ancient Tibetan Village means "place rich in gold" in the Jiarong Tibetan language. The entire village can be divided into three parts: Up Village, Down Village and Baby Village, which combine a horn-shaped picture, with the three villages sharing one stockade. At the beginning of the building, bunker-style housing with duration of a hundred years and a mysterious labyrinth of underground passages were already in place, which form a peculiar exquisite Tibetan architectural art. Taking into account both civilian and military functions, it can be said to be a wartime village which is easily defensible. Walking through the maze-like castle, the sky only reveals itself from a glimpse of several dormers, outside of which a ditch stream is hidden.

Se’er Ancient Tibetan Village

Tibetan villages are built by the ridge, posing a commanding layout. Towers with stone tablets are dipped in yellow mud, where each house is three-layered. Watchtowers have a bottom which is slightly larger, layer by layer on the ramp, forming a pillar type. The solid foundation and adjustable temperature is what feature the towers. Also, they have stood erect for hundreds of years without collapse. Carving totem pattern is a major feature of the ancient Tibetan villages, in which each square stone lintel above are carved with the bull horn, whale, eagle, tiger, day, month, lotus and other colorful patterns, crystallizing people’s longing for a better life.

Se’er Ancient Tibetan Village

Among households alley by a piece of stone mosaic, ladders and crisscrosses, a first visit is like going into the Eight Trigrams. The entire Tibetan village is rigidly structured, with interlinked households. Coupled with a clear stream, once an emergency happens, the drains and the air defense system, together with the underground passage constitute a safe passage and an important front to fight against the enemy and to maintain an impregnable 3-D defense system.

Residents of Se’er Ancient Tibetan village mainly practice Tibetan Buddhism and believe in the culture of the Tibetan and Qiang totem. They have been hailed by experts to be the living fossil to study Tibetan culture. Primitive tribes, mysterious and unique folk customs is feature the ancient Tibetan villages and those surrounding