Jiang Hu (Simplified: 江湖) refers to the world and setting for Wuxia characters. It literally means "Rivers and Lakes". Jiang Hu folks include swordsmen and others who form their community such as peddlers, medicine-men, beggars, monks and peasants. They exist outside the rule of law. But they have their own unspoken code of honor. They can belong to a sect or martial school or even monastery, but loyalty and honor remains the main values.