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Top 7 Attractions in Anhui

Friday, January 1st, 2016
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Plan your Anhui tour? Abutting Jiangsu to the east, Zhejiang to the southeast, Jiangxi to the south,  Anhui is a low-profile province in the east region of China with Hefei as its capital city.

The Yangtze River and Huai River cross Anhui Province from the west to the east, geographically bisecting the province into two parts – the northern Anhui ( north of Yangtze River ) and the southern Anhui (south of Yangtze ).

Topographically the northern Anhui is part of the North China Plain and part of the Huai River Watershed as well, both flat and densely populated while the southern Anhui features rugged hills and ranges winding through the southeastern Anhui.

Anhui’s cultural and historical sights are mainly scattered in the south and southeast regions, represented by the Huizhou-type villages, white-washed walls and back-tiled roofs, and the mountainscapes of Huangshan.

150 km southwest of Huangshan, Jiuhushan is noted for its unworldliness and tranquility. Anhui’s green mountains and the bucolic life in the countrysides are a great escape from the hustle and bustle of China’s bigger cities.

I’ve rounded up the 7 top attractions in Anhui for your perusal while planning your own trip to Anhui.

1. Mount Huangshan 黄山
Mt. Mountain is world famous for its beautiful landscape – sunrise, sunset, granite peaks, pine trees, and the other-worldly sea of the clouds. Also much of Mt. Huangshan’s reputation comes from its significant impact on Chinese art, literature and profound cultural resources.

Huangshan

Huangshan

The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO put Mt. Huangshan on the list of World Natural and Cultural Heritage in 1990. Mount Huangshan was named the “sister mountain” of Jungfrau in the Swiss Alps. See Top 10 Attractions in Huangshan. 

2. Tunxi Old Street  屯溪老街
Tunxi is the old town, the city core of Huangshan which is named after Mount Huangshan. The attractions in Tunxi include Laojie (Old Street), a souvenir street lined with wooden shops and Ming-style Huizhou buildings.

Tunxi Old Street

Tunxi Old Street

Wancuilou on the Laojie offers an in-depth look at Huizhou architecture, furniture and antiques. Duck into the side alleys for a glimpse of the bona fide slice of the local life.

3. Hongcun Village 宏村   
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

Hongcun Village

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

4. Xidi Village 西递村
Located 18 km south of Hingcun Village, Xidi Village is also part of the  World Cultural Heritage along with Hongcun Village.

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.

Xidi Village

Xidi Village

Wandering along this ancient village, you will find traditional Hui-style houses, ancestral temples, academies of classical learning,  stone archways, white walls and grey tiles, beautifully painted windows, projecting horse-head walls, and stone slab bridges.

4. Chengkan Town 呈坎镇
Chengkan Town is located about 30 km north of Tunxi, the center of Huangshan City and at the south base of Mount Huangshan.

Chengkan is a tranquil and bucolic place different from the busy and crowded Shen County or the Hui-type villages in the west – Hongcun Village and Xidi Village. Here in Chengkan, you are able to get a glimpse of an authentic piece of countryside life.

Chengkan Town

Chengkan Town

Ringed by lush mountains and cut through by placid rivers, Chengkan has over 100 well-preserved buildings of Ming and Qing Dynasty that feature various styles – pavilions, terraces, towers, bridges, wells, ancestral halls and residential buildings.

These buildings epitomize the Huizhou dwellings, one of the vernacular dwellings in China, which are adapted to the characters of hills and waters. 

5. Jiuhuashan 九华山   
Approximately 150 northwest of Huangshan, Jiuhuashan,  known as “Mount Jiuhua” in English, is famed for its landscape and temples. It is one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains in China.It is the earthly abode of the Bodhisattva Dizang Kshitigarbha ( Guardian  of the Underworld). The other three sacred mountains are Putuoshan, Wutaishan and Emeishan.

Jiuhuashan

Jiuhuashan

Jiuhuashanliterally means “Nine Lotus Flower Peaks” named after the nine tallest peaks of the 99 peaks in Jiuhuashan area. Jiuhuashan’s Buddhism boomed during the reign of Emperor Xuanzong in Tang Dynasty.

Today there are still over 90 temples well preserved with 9 temples crowned as National Key temples. There are 600 monks and nuns living in these temples.   See Top 10 Attractions in Jiuhuashan.

6. Mount Qiyun (Qiyunshan) 齐云山
Mount Qiyun is located about 33 km to the northwest of Huangshan City, about 40 minutes’ drive from Tunxi .
It is noted as one of the Four Sacred Mountains of Taoism, home to numerous temples and monasteries.

Mount Qiyun

Mount Qiyun

There are some hiking trails with stunning views and the highest point of the mountain rises to 585 meters. A charming village – Qiyun Village is perched in the middle of the mountain range. Some white-washed houses are dotted on the slope with a range of eateries and restaurants and stalls for souvenirs and local products.

7. Shexian Old Town (She County )  歙县老城
There are some hiking trails with stunning views and the highest point of the mountain rises to 585 meters. A charming village – Qiyun Village is perched in the middle of the mountain range.

Some white-washed houses are dotted on the slope with a range of eateries and restaurants and stalls for souvenirs and local products.

Shexian Old Town

Shexian Old Town

She County is representative of Hui Culture, the cradle of Peiking Opera. Shexian County (She County) is the original area of Hui merchants. She County is the main production area for the Ink and ink stone, the two treasures of the four treasures of the study.

She County is also nicknamed “the county of Paifang”. Paifang is also called “pailou’, a traditional Chinese architectural archway.

Add-on:

Anhui Tour
Top 10 Attractions in Huangshan
Top 10 Attractions in Jiuhuashan
Huangshan Travel Blog
Huangshan Tour

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She County Photography Tour

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
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Plan your Huangshan Tour? It is worth taking a half day side trip at your convenience from Tunxi ( the city center of Huangshan ) to She County ( Shexian County).

Under the jurisdiction of Huangshan. She County is about 27km in the northeast of Huangshan City. It is famous for its rich culture and long history. It is listed as one of four best preserved ancient towns in China, along with Pingyao in Shanxi, Lijiang in Yunan and Longzhong in Sichuan Province.

She County is representative of Hui Culture, the cradle of Peiking Opera. Shexian County (She County) is the original area of Hui merchants. She County is the main production area for the Ink and ink stone, the two treasures of the four treasures of the study.

She County is also nicknamed “the county of Paifang”. Paifang is also called “pailou’, a traditional Chinese architectural archway.

Follow me to have a photography tour of She county (Shexian County)!

The main gate for the well preserved walled town of She County. The massive stone gate is topped with a two-tier pavilion.

The massive stone gate is topped with a two-tier pavilion

The massive stone gate is topped with a two-tier pavilion

The most well known paifang is called Xu Guo Stone Paifang made in Ming Dynasty. Dubbed as “Triumphal arch in the East”
Xu Guo Stone Paifang made in Ming Dynasty

Xu Guo Stone Paifang made in Ming Dynasty

One of the Inner Gates in the ancient town
One of the Inner Gates in the ancient town

One of the Inner Gates in the ancient town

The ancient town is a lively place and local people still live simple lives.
accept traditional life as the way life is

accept traditional life as the way life is

Narrow lanes, white-washed walls and black tiles, a typical Hui style buildings
white-washed walls and black tiles

white-washed walls and black tiles

A traditional entrance gate
A traditional entrance gate

A traditional entrance gate

A jumble of laundries, wires, an authentic life scene in She County.
A jumble of laundries, wires, an authentic life scene in She County.

A jumble of laundries, wires, an authentic life scene in She County.

A courtyard garden by a wealthy family in the old town
A courtyard garden by a wealthy family in the old town

A courtyard garden by a wealthy family in the old town

Close view of the decorated upper eves above the entrance gate
Close view of the decorated upper eves above the entrance gate

Close view of the decorated upper eves above the entrance gate

Close view of the carvings above the moon gate
Close view of the carvings above the moon gate

Close view of the carvings above the moon gate

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Where to stay in Huangshan

Friday, June 8th, 2012
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Plan your Huangshan Tour? You are advised to get some information on the layout of Haungshan before you make up your mind to finalize your hotels in Huangshan.

Narrowly speaking, Huanshan refers to the city core of Huangshan, formerly known as Tunxi (Tunxi Old Town). In a broad sense, Huangshan also refers to a big Huangshan including Tunxi Old Town, Tangkou Town and Huangshan Scenic Area.

Many tourists will choose to stay one night at Tunxi and the other night on the summit. Actually people have more choices: stay at Tangkou, or at the foot of Huangshan Mountain ( Hotspring area and Yungu area ).

People have to do a bus transfer at Tangkou Town no matter you come from Tunxi Bus Station or Tunxi Railway Station, where you are again requested to take a so-called environmental bus to the foot of Huangshan Mountain.

Tunxi – Tangkou: 65km

Tangkou – the east foot or west foot of Huangshan: about 10km

So you may stay in Tunxi, Tangkou, Hotspring Area at the south of Huangshan or Yungu Area at the east foot of Huangshan Mountain as stated below:

Stay at Tunxi(屯溪):
Tunxi is the old town, the city core of Huangshan which is named after Huangshan Mountain. The attractions in Tunxi include Laojie (Old Street), a souvenir street lined with wooden shops and Ming-style Huizhou buildings. Wancuilou on the Laojie offers an in-depth look at Huizhou architecture, furniture and antiques.

1. Huangshan International Hotel(5*): 31 Huashan Road, Tunxi, Huangshan, China Tel: 0559-2565678
2. Xiang Ming Hotel (5*): Yingbing Road 2, Tunxi District,Huangshan Tel: 0559-2579999
3. Huangshan Golf Hotel(5*): 0559-2568000
3. Huangshan Old Street Hotel: 0559-2339188,2534466
4. Tiandu International Hotel: 0559-2588888
5. Ancient Town Youth Hostel:0559-2522088

6. Shuguang Yunsong Hotel: 165, Changgan East Road, Tunxi 0559-2596666
7. Country Garden Phoenix Hotel Huangshan: 0559-5118888
8. Huangshan Parrion Hotel: – (0559)2585555
9.  Junrui Baihe Hotel: 0559-2598666

10. Tiandu International Hotel: 0559-2582777

11. Huamao International Hote: 0559-2598888
12. Huangshan Customer To Customer Hotel: 0559-2570888
13. Crowne Plaza Huangshan Yucheng: 0559-2591888
14.Days Suites Huangshan Bojing: 0559-2341111
15. Huangshan Dragon Win Hotel: 0559-2566688
16. Huishang International Hotel: 0559-5208888

17. Higood Inn: 0559-2345000

18.  Ramada Huangshan Hotel: 0559-2536999
19. Home of Huangshan Hostel: F1, Building A5 Huangshan Garden, No.149 BeihaiRoad, Tunxi
20. Jinjiang Inn (Huangshan Tunxi): No.12 Pingguoshan Road, Tunxi Distric
21: Zhuoquan Boutique Hotel : Building 7 Huipai Cate City Plaza, Huizhou Avenue, Tunxi
22. Motel 168 Huangshan: No.41 Binjiang West Road, Huangshan

Stay at Tangkou Town(汤口):
Tangkou is a two-horse town, 65km north of Tunxi (Huangshan City), a springboard for your trip to Huangshan Mountain, 10km from Tangkou.

You may store your excess luggage and buy some needy supplies for your hike.Basically you have to take a bus either from Huangshan (Tunxi) long-distance bus station or Huangshan Train Station to Tangkou, where you are requested to take a so-called enviromental protection bus to the west or east foot of Huangshan Mountain, where you either hike on foot or take a cable car up the summit of Huangshan.There are a few nice hotels in Tangkou where you may put up for a night before you start for your hike next day.

1. Sinotrans Huangshan Jianguo Hotel: 0559-5586688
2. Zhongrui Huayi Hotel: 0559-5566888
3. Huangshan Pine Ridge Lodge: 0559-556338
4. Huangshan Tangkou Hotel: 0559-5563366
5. Shuguang Yunsong Hotel: 165, Changgan East Road, Tunxi 0559-25966666. Ala Hotel: West of Tangkou Town
7. Tianhu Inn: Block12&13 Tianhu New Village, Shancha Village, Tangkou Town
8. Huangshan 1314 Inn: 0559-5585783
9. Huangshan Huishang Hotel: 0559-5566666
10. Huangshan Baichuan Hotel: 0559-5573788

Stay at Hotspring area(温泉区): at the foot of the south Huanghshan
1. Huangshan Resort & Spa: 0559-5585103
2. Taioyuan: 0559-5562666

Stay at Yungu area(Yungu cable car – 云谷): at the foot of the east Huangshan
1. Yungu Hotel: 0559-5586444

Stay at Summit(山顶): On the top of Huangshan
1. Beihai Hotel: 0559-5582555
2. Paiyunlou Hotel: 0559-5581558
3. Huangshan Shilin Hotel: 0559-5584040
4. Xihai Hotel: 0559-5588888
5. Yupinglou Hotel: 0559-5582288

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.