The concrete and brick buildings of Majia Zhai, a remote village in China’s Guizhou province that kept its heritage under wraps for hundreds of years. Photo: David Leffman

A remote Chinese village kept a courtesan’s secret for centuries – now its founding mother takes centre stage

  • One of China’s great beauties, Chen Yuanyuan was born to a peasant family, orphaned and sold as a prostitute
  • She later became consort of Wu Sangui, a great general and despised traitor, what eventually became of her was never known
Topic |   Chinese history

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The concrete and brick buildings of Majia Zhai, a remote village in China’s Guizhou province that kept its heritage under wraps for hundreds of years. Photo: David Leffman
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