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Hongjiang in southern Hunan is an old stone town, which has been remarkably preserved. It has a long history as a Qing dynasty trading town, in later (and sadder) days it became a transportation hub for opium.

These days old Hongjiang makes up a largely deserted old center of the modern city which has been built around it, though a few thousand people still live in it.

Old Hongjiang is sometimes used as a film set and of course there are plans to put it on the tourist map.

But it's a long way still to go.

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This picture shows a typical street in the old town and one of Hongjiang's remaining inhabitants. Most folks have left the old stone houses and are now living in more comfort...but nothing beats the atmosphere of the old town, though.

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Additional Photos by Benny Verbercht (BennyV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2915 W: 35 N: 6291] (32926)
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