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Hongcun Ancient Village

Introducing Huangshan Hongcun Ancient Village, Huangshan Hongcun Ancient Village Guide, Huangshan Hongcun Ancient Village Travel Guide
Article from Huangshan Municipal Commission of Tourism

Huangshan Hongcun Ancient Village is located at the foot of the southwest side of Mt. Huangshan, only 11 kilometers away from Yixian town. Hongcun Ancient Village is a unique, buffalo-shaped ancient village. The whole village is measured to be 30 hectares, Hongcun Ancient Village is bedded at Mt.Leigang, facing Nanhu Lake.

In the Song dynasty, the villagers constructed an irrigation canal interveining every houses, so virtually every household in the Hongcun Ancient Village has easy access of the canal. The waterways of the Hongcun Ancient Village were supposed to be designed to provide sourse of washing water,even fire water in case of emergency. The construction was designed in similarity to a baffalo's body structure: Nanhu Lake is shaped like the baffalo's belly; Moon Pond looks like it's stomach; the channel its intestine. This vivid layout of buffalo is one outstanding feature of the village.

All the buildings in Huangshan Hongcun Ancient Village follow local architectural style, have exquisite carvings and are magnificent symbols of its time. They were built with fine craftsmanship that is regarded as the best in China. Among them, Chenzhi Hall is a big and gorgeous residential building,including two living rooms, one Buddhism prayer section, one Majiong room and a opium cabinet, etc. It enjoys the name of Residence Museum. Hongcun Ancient Village has nice scenery --simple but elegant, a fine mixture of old houses, green hills and clear creeks. Hongcun Ancient Village has always enjoyed the name "a village in the Chinese painting". Hongcun Ancient Village now boasts 158 dwelling houses dating back to the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, nearly 140 are still in good shape.

Because of this extraordinary feature of the village, Huangshan Hongcun Ancient Village was added to the list of the World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in late 2000. Hongcun Ancient Village is also the location for the famous prize film "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon".

Quick Facts on Huangshan Hongcun Ancient Village

• Name: Huangshan Hongcun Ancient Village
• Location: Northwest Corner, Yi County
• Phone: +86-559-5553333
• Best Time to Visit: March to April; October to November
• Recommended Time for a Visit: 3-5 Hours
• Opening Hours: All day
• Admission Fee: CNY104

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