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Xidi and Hongcun

Hongcun: A Village Thriving on Water

Hongcun: A Village Thriving on Water

Located at the foot of the Huangshan Mountain, the village’s construction has evolved around crisscrossing streams and a central lake. As the Chinese saying goes: “The wise enjoy the waters; the benevolent enjoy the mountains.” So it is with Hongcun Village in Anhui Province, which enjoys both water and mountains. Located at the foot of […]

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In Anhui, China, Centuries-Old Charm

In Anhui, China, Centuries-Old Charm

JUST 250 or so miles to the west of the gleaming high-rises of Shanghai sits a window into a world hundreds of years old. Despite the dramatic upheavals brought by war, the Cultural Revolution and industrialization, the hamlet of Xidi, in the mountainous province of Anhui, along with other villages in the area, has managed […]

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Timeless charm

Timeless charm

By Tan Zongyang (China Daily) This is an ancient village untouched by war and chaos, and beautiful in its tranquility. Tan Zongyang visits Hongcun, a village in Anhui that is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was first built in the days of the southern Song dynasty, in 1311. Nine hundred years later, […]

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Attractions: Hongcun Village in Huangshan City, Anhui Province

Attractions: Hongcun Village in Huangshan City, Anhui Province

Hongcun Village is shaped like an ox with the nearby Leigang Hill as the head, two trees standing on the hill like horns, four bridges across the Jiyin stream that are its legs, and the houses of the village create the body; even the Jiyin stream becomes its intestines and the lakes, including the South […]

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Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui :: About

Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui :: About

In the southern part of Anhui Province, there are many small beautiful villages near the southwestern slope of Huangshan Mountain. Xidi and Hongcun are the most famous ones and have been listed as two of China’s top 10 charming ancient villages and added in UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage List in 2000. Morning mists, gray tiles, […]

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