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 Tu's Zhuangkuo Yard

Zhuangkuo Yard is a kind of traditional residence of Tu. The gates of Tu's houses are single-leaf gates. As Tu people believe in Tibetan Buddhism, there is a small arch over the gateway usually for enshrining and worshiping the figure of Buddha, and women are usually not allowed to go up there. Generally, Tu people's residences are independent Zhuangkuo yards with square fence. The walls are made of Shibaban soil, and the four corners of the wall top are built with pebbles, appearing to be clean, tidy and simple. There are 2-4 soil-wood structure rooms in the yard, with the three principal rooms and two corner rooms built in the structural style. There is a wing-room in the principal room, and the side rooms are respectively the bedroom and the Buddha worshiping room. There are lots of carved decorations on the column heads before the principal room gates, such as kylins, ligers, cuckoos, phoenixes, peacocks, flowers etc. The carvings are exquisite and lively. There is a circular groove in the center of the yard, and there is a Mani flagpole beside the red peony in the center of the circular groove, with a prayer flag hanging on the top. There is a mulberry oven on the side facing the main room, and the aged would bake aromatic plant in the oven on every first day and the fifteenth day of a month to pray for God and Buddha's blessing. You can sit in the pavilion nearby the thrashing floor for wheat to appreciate an original wedding of Tu.

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