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4,000-Year-Old Historical Pit Village Opening for Tourism.

The Chinese government has announced it's reconstruction and rehabilitation plans in the historical village with the goal of turning it into a tourist attraction. 1 The pictures show a bird's-eye view of courtyards built in Loess land pits in Sanmenxia city of Central China's Henan province.

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The traditional “pit courtyards” are under conservation by local government with nearly 10,000 yards remaining.

The oldest yard has a history of more than 200 years with six generations living under the roof.

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The cave houses were strengthened at each side of the pit walls with a depth of 6-7 meters and length of 10-12 meters.

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The yards are being transformed into tourist attractions and are expected to be open to visitors later this year.

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