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Although the 2008 Sichuan earthquake’s epicenter was located in Wenchuan County, the town of Beichuan was considered the worst hit, as it was repeatedly struck by strong aftershocks. Chen Jie choose two villages in Beichuan to visit: the first was Five Dragons, the town’s most remote village; and the second, Shi yi, a walled village that overlooks the old Beichuan’s county where earthquake ruins can be seen. Both villages are located at high elevations and boast picturesque scenery. Five Dragons village, for example, is perched between 1,000 to 4,000 meters above sea level and has preserved well the culture of the Qiang minority ethnic group.

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The most surprising aspect of these villages is that many of the buildings were largely kept intact despite the earthquake. Over the course of seven years however, nature has reclaimed the land through thick blankets of fog and greenery. Jie described his short stay in each of the villages as a mystical experience in which time seems to stop and everything, including man, is returned to nature.

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