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  1. Cloth Washing Pavillion in Heshun Old Town,Tengchong

Along the river there are a dozen of pavilions which could tell you romantic stories. These pavilions are shelters built by husbands which could protect their wives from bad weather while washing clothes. As a tradition, most adult men in Heshun went abroad for business just after they got married. So they built the washing pavilions for their families.If you are looking forward to a relaxing trip to Heshun, an overnight stay in a local guesthouse is a good choice. Most of guesthouses are traditional Chinese houses and courtyards. Some of them are hundreds years old but well preserved in the ancient style of Ming and Qing dynasties.

Washing pavilions(洗衣亭) have unique background story in this old town. There are a dozen of them along the river. As the tradition, most Heshun adult men had to go abroad for business to raise the whole family just after they got married. So they built the washing pavilions for their wives for shading while washing clothes along the river. When they were away from families, this was the only protection they could offer to the lovers. Young wives also waited there to expect the early return of the husbands. Yet someone could have been dead halfway abroad or buried in foreign countries and never returned, the widow would lead a lonely life till death. Then her families would build up a memorial gateway as a good example for other women to follow. You could stand below one of the memorial gateways to imagine those tragic romance.

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