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Hongcun Village

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
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Hongcun Village is located at the foot of the southwest side of Mt. Huangshan, only 11kms away from Yixian town, 60km west of Tunxi Huangshan.

The whole village is like a buffalo lying on its side surrounded by green hills and blue water with dwelling houses its “body”, South Lake its “belly”, Moon Pool its “stomach”, Leigang Hill the “head”, two huge trees the “horns”, a winding stream as the “intestines” and the four bridges as the “four feet”.

Hongcun Village is typical of Huizhou Dwellings, one of the vernacular dwellings in China, which are adapted to the characters of hills and waters there and gave full play to them. Hongcun Village is a village of rivers and lakes, like a Chinese paintingscroll rolling before you.

The 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. Hongcun Village was added to the list of the World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in late 2000.

Follow me to explore Hongcun Village.

Hongcun Village with hills behind and water in front.

Hongcun is located northward against Leigang Hill and south on the South Lake. The water from the South Lake is distributed through the channels to each household in the village.

Hongcun Village with hills behind and water in front.

Like a Chinese painting scroll rolling before you.

Like a Chinese painting scroll rolling before you.

Fine art students sketching and painting

Fine art students sketching and painting

It’s amazing! Shoot and take it home!

It’s amazing! Shoot and take it home!

Entering the village.
The village now boasts 158 dwelling houses dating back to the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.

Enter the village along the bridge.

Still fascinated by the unique structure of the village with streamlets distributed into the village from South Lake.

Still fascinated the unique structure of the village with streamlets distributed into the village.

This family is selling fruits and local snacks.

This family is selling fruits and local snacks.

South Lake Academy (南胡书院)

Also called Yiwen Private School with an area of 6600 square meters. It was built in Jiaqing era of Qing Dynasty (1814).

As a typical Huizhou academy, it consists of Zhidao Hall, Qimeng Hall, Huiwen Hall, Lake Viewing Mansion and Zhi Garden.

Zhidao Hall

Zhidao Hall

Water Channels in the village (宏村水系)

The general channels are 60cm and one meter deep, crossing circuitously through the lanes of the villages from the northwestward to southeastward extending in all directions.

In every dooryard flows a limpid streamlet. Like a blood circulatory system, the channel system stimulates the spiritual and material life of the village.

The channel system plays of the role of washing, fire protection, drainage and adjustment of temperature.

Water Channels in the village

All the streamlets flowing through the channels finally converge on a pond – Moon Pond (月沼) at the center of the village.
Washing by the Moon Pool

Washing by the Moon Pool

Taking wedding photos by the Moon Pool

Wedding photo taking by the Moon Pool

Huizhou Style Dwellings by the Moon Pool

Huizhou Style Dwellings by the Moon Pool

People, houses, ducks and the pool

People, houses, ducks and the pool

Hills, houses and the Moon Pool

Hills, houses and the Moon Pool

 Chengzhi Hall (承志堂)

Built in the fifth year of Xianfeng era of the Qing Dynasty (1855), it covers an area of 2,110 square meters. The main hall is in front and at the back is built with two-storey-bat structure. It consists of a study, shrine, pond, garden, a kitchen, a well and 28 rooms.

The exquisite carving, red columns and golden painted beams make it known as ” a forbidden city in the countryside”.

A narrow lane leading to Chengzhi Hall

A narrow lane leading to Chengzhi Hall

Inside the main gate

Inside the main gate

The two story building at the back

The two story building at the back

Chengzhi Hall

Chengzhi Hall

Exquisitely carved window

Exquisitely carved window

Exquisitely carved columns and beams

Exquisitely carved columns and beams

Bye, Hongcun!

Bye, Hongcun!

Tip:  Hassle-free Huangshan Guided Tours

06611If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Huangshan Guided Tours:

Beijing Huangshan Hongcun 3 Day Round Trip by High Speed Train   from US$ 549 p/p
3 Day Huangshan & Hongcun Village Tour    from US$330 p/p
4 Day Huangshan & Hongcun Village Tour   from US$380 p/p

Beijing Huangshan Hongcun 3 Day Round Trip by Flight  from US$860 p/p
Hangzhou Huangshan Hongcun 3 Day by Coach  from US$410 p/p
Shanghai Huangshan Hongcun 3 Day Round Trip by Flight  from US$640 p/p
Guangzhou Huangshan Hongcun 3 Day Round by Flight  from US$810 p/p

Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Huangshan
Top 10 Attractions in Huangshan
Where to Stay in Huangshan
Hongcun Village
Huangshan Taxi

Huangshan Winter Snow Scenes

My First Day on Mount Huangshan (1)
My First Day on Mount Huangshan (2)
My Second Day on Mount Huangshan (1)
My Second Day on Mount Huangshan (2)
My 3th Day on Mount Huangshan
She County Photography Tour

Any questions, just drop a line.

What to see in Huangshuan, what to do in Huangshan

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
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Huangshan at dawn shot from Dawn Pavilion

Plan your Huangshan Tour ? Huangshan City, established as the scenic support area for Yellow Mountain (Mt. Huangshan), has become a tourist city that includes Yellow Mountain Scenic Spot and many other attractions.
Located in the subtropics, Huangshan City has a wet mild monsoon climate which features distinctive four seasons, shorter spring and autumn ( about 2 months each season ), longer summer and winter ( about 4 mouths each season ). Huangshan City has enough heat and plentiful rainfall concentrated from March to August. Heaviest rainfall occurs from May to August, it often floods in summer and dries in autumn.
 
Features & Attractions
•Huangshan Mountain
•Tunxi Ancient Street
•Hongcun Village
•Xidi Village
•Shexian County
•Mt. Jiuhua
•Tachuan Village
 
Huangshan Mountain
Lied in Anhui Province, Eastern China, about 300 km (200 miles) west of Huangshan and 500 km (300 miles) southwest of Shanghai, the scenic area is about 50 km (30 miles) north of Huangshan City.
Of all the notable mountains in China, Yellow Mountain (Mt. Huangshan) is probably the most famous. Its landscape features “four wonders” of imposing peaks, spectacular rocks, odd-shaped pines, and a sea of clouds.
Mount Huangshan boasts 72 peaks, more than 1,000 meters above sea level, with three main peaks rising majestically. They are both fascinating and dangerously steep. Cliffs, stone forests, stone pillars, stone blocks and egg-shaped stones form the unique granite geomorphological scenery.
Ticket Price: 230 Yuan (1st Mar..-30th Nov.); 150 Yuan (1st Dec.-28th or 29th Feb.)
Opening Hours: 08:40-16:00
 
Tunxi Ancient Street
Tunxi Ancient Street is situated in the center of Tunxi District, the location of Huangshan City. Huangshan Tunxi Ancient street is paved with maroon flagstones with a total length of 1,273 meters (about 1,392 yards), of which 895meters (about 979 yards) is the pedestrian commercial street.
Shops standing on both sides are generally of two or three floors, which feature the local Anhui style of stone base, brick construction and tile roof. The layout of these buildings commonly takes on the appearance of shops in front while houses and workshops are to the rear.
Ticket Price: Free
Opening Time: the Whole Day
How to get there: Bus No.6, and 12
 
Hongcun Village
Hong Cun Village of Yixian County, Huangshan City, evolved in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, is located in a beautiful surrounding, with green hills around and clear streams winding through.
The village, covering the territory of 30 hectares, has a great fame for her water-supplying system. The bird view of village’s shape is like a resting water-buffalo. The running water flows in the winding ditches to every household, and is finally gathered in a little lake at the entrance of the village.
Everyday hundreds of visitors are attracted to the village by its beautiful views and more than 140 well-preserved ancient houses.
Ticket Price: 104Yuan
Opening Time: the whole day
How to get there: you can take a taxi or long-distance bus at Tunxi New Bus Station
 
Xidi Village
Xidi Village is located at the south foot of Mt. Huangshan. It is the perfect place for visitors to see typical folk houses, where residents have lived as they have for centuries. It gives visitors the rare opportunity to explore China’s ancient culture, and arts.
With a history of over 900 years, Xidi Village is segmented by over 40 ancient winding and narrow lanes which are paved with bluestones. Encircled by green hills, two streams flow through the village from north and east converging at Huiyuan Bridge. The village has two main streets and about 99 lanes. All the streets and lanes are paved with cobbles or black stones. The residences, lanes and streets combine well with the hills and streams.
Ticket Price: 104Yuan
Opening Time: the whole day
How to get there: you can take a taxi or long-distance bus at Tunxi New Bus Station
 
Shexian County
Shexian County is located at the southern foot of Mt. Huangshan, in the upper reaches of the Xin’an River, surrounded by mountains and streams.
Shexian County, Huangshan City has many well-preserved courtyards, gardens, pagodas and bridges, most of these were built during Ming and Qing Dynasties, some were constructed as early as Song Dynasty. These historical sites are described as “gems of ancient Chinese architecture.”
In particular, the elegantly constructed ancient residential houses, ancestral temples and memorial archways are unique in China. Experts refer to them as “the three wonders of ancient architecture.” The most famous ones are: Tangyue Archways, Xuguo Archway, Doushan Street and Yuliang Dam.
Ticket Price: 60 Yuan
Opening Time: the whole day
How to get there: take a taxi or take a long-bus
 
Mt. Jiuhua
Bordered on the Yangtze River in the north and overlooked the Mt. Huangshan in the south, Mt. Jiuhua covers an area of 100 square kilometers southwest of Qingyang County, Anhui Province , not far from the picturesque Mt.Huangshan.
With its marvelous landscape and pleasant climate, Mt. Jiuhua is considered one of the best summer resorts in China. In addition to its popularity as a tourist destination, it is a holy site where Buddhists assemble– it has been established as one of the four sacred Buddhist shrines, along with Mt.Wutai in Shanxi, Mt.Emei in Sichuan, and Mt.Putuoshan in Zhejiang.
Ticket Price: 190Yuan (Mar.1-Nov.30); 140Yuan (Dec.1-Feb.28/29)
Opening Time: 08:00-17:30
How to get there: take long-bus at Nanjing Zhongyangmen Bus Station, Huangshan Scenic Area, Huangshan city center or Hefei Tourism Bus Station
 
Tachuan Village
Tachuan Village is located only 2 kilometers or 30 minutes’ hike from Hongcun Village, another famous ancient village in Huangshan area.
Tachuan Village boasts numerous ancient giant trees, such as Chinese tallow trees, maples and camphor tree. Many of them have grown for hundreds of years that it needs several people hand in hand together to surround the trunk. The best time to visit Tachuan village is autumn (October and November), when the tree leaves turn multi-colored, creating a gorgeous sight, attracting many visitors and photographers.
Ticket Price: 30Yuan
Opening Time: the whole day
How to get there: take a taxi or take a long-bus
 
 

Huangshan Travel – My 3th Day on Mount Huangshan

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010
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Today, October 11, 2010 is a heavy foggy and drizzle day on the top of Mount Huangshan. We start at 8:0am from Baiyun Hotel for White Gooose Cable Car Station and descend the Mount Huangshan.

People slowly walk on the stone stair steps up and down. In the past two days, these stone steps has allowed us to have extensive views of the oddly-shaped pine trees, Weird Rocks, Sea of Clouds…

So, the stone steps has offered us the ability to hike the steep mountains and look for outstanding scenery and a rugged mountain walking adventure, combining hiking experience with a real physical challenge.

We are not disappointed by the foggy day, since in the past two fine days we have visited the major attractions on the top of Mt. Huangshan under the cear sky.

On the contrary, we are all delighted to see Mt.Huangshan in heavy fog as if we are melting in the imaginary heaven with low visibility. It is a unique experience hiking on the Huangshan Mountain in a heavy fog.

2km Walk from Beiyun Hotel to Yungu New Cable Car Station

We are now starting the foggy walking up and down to the Yungun New Cable car Station.

The porter is following us carrying 4 suitcases. A suitcase is charged at the cost of RMB 100 carrying from Beiyun Hotel to New Yungu Cable Car Station.

We have to climb over the Bright Summit again.

On the way, we meet lot of hikers in defiance of the foggy and drizzle day.

The pine trees in the fog.

Similar to a Chinese painting.

Take Cable Car Down the base of Huangshan

 

At 10:00am, we take the cable car down to the base of Huangshan in the fog.

A cable car in the mist

Driving from the base of Huangshan to Tangkou Town

Low visibility driving from the base to Tangkou Town

We arrive at Tangkou Town, finding that there is no fog with good visibility.