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Tunxi Ancient Street
Xidi and Hongcun Ancient Villages
Most tourists in the city visit Yellow Mountain Scenic Area which is well-known for its four wonders of spectacular peaks, odd-shaped pines, hot springs and seas of cloud. It is one of the famous mountains symbolizing the Chinese nation. Yellow Mountain abounds in miraculous scenic spots including peaks, rocks, pines, clouds, waterfalls, springs and historical sites.
Tunxi Ancient Street is a well-preserved mercantile street with the architectural styles of the Song (960-1279), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties located in the center of Tunxi old city. The group of architectures alongside the street followed both the Song Dynasty style and the traditional Hui (Anhui Province) folk residences style, presenting the charm of ancient towns in the southern lower reaches of the Yangtze River. More than ten famous old shops are situated here, including Tongrende, opened about 120 years ago in the Qing Dynasty, is the most remarkable one. Many other stores here deal primarily in folk artworks such as traditional Chinese paintings of the Hui (Anhui Province) sect, miniature gardens, root-carvings, prints and inscriptions. Today Tunxi Ancient Street, the folk art corridor in China is popular with movie and television companies since its scene of dense traditional commercial atmosphere, some experts believe the ancient street resembles the famous Song Dynasty painting, 'The Upper River during the Qing Ming Festival'.
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The archway has long been a symbol of China. In Chinese feudal society, the government built archways for calling people to receive recognition for merit, acts of faith or filial piety, rewards for rendering service to the country. As many celebrities in Chinese history came from this city, archways were constructed in many quarters of in this area. Many years later, over 100 well-preserved archways remain. Tangyue Memorial Archways are the most representative, including three from the Ming Dynasty and four from the Qing Dynasty. Each archway has a moving story, worthy of a visit.
Xidi, a cymbiform village, and Hongcun, a cattle-like village, were ancient settlements in southern Anhui Province listed as world cultural heritage sites by UNESCO in 2000. Xidi and Hongcun Ancient Villages retain much of the appearance of the last century. The style of the street, architecture, and the development of a complete water supply are notable. Elegant residences from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the soul of Chinese traditional residences, created a logical, spicy living environment. The water system in Hongcun especially demonstrates advanced thinking.
The largest group of stone caves in China, Flower Mountain and Enigma Caves, is in the mountains along the Xin'an River, in east Tunxi. The 36 stone caves left modern people many enigmas. Within the specially designed and logically structured caves you can feel the wisdom of the ancient people. How or why they were constructed is a mystery.
Mount Jiuhua is the first mountain in southeast China to become famous for its scenery. Mount Jiuhua, one of the four famous mountains of Chinese Buddhism, is a charming pearl in Chinese cultural heritage. Mount Jiuhua is host to temples and wreathing incense smoke, blending natural beauty with a Buddhist atmosphere.
Other attractions include Mt. Qiyun, Xin'an River, Guniu Mountain Nature Reserve and Mukeng Bamboo Forest are all worthwhile to visit.
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Top 9 Things to Do in Huangshan
1. We will be going to the mountain from Shanghai by speed train and reach HS North railway station at 1313 hours on 22 April Sat. We leave HS on 25 April Wed 1350 hrs. Do u recommend that we go straight up to try to catch the cable car to go up mountain ? We will need to get lunch first in Tangkou probably, and then get the shuttle bus up to catch the cable car. Do u think we can make it n will it be long wait n crowded at the cable car queue since it is Sat ? What time do u estimate we can alight from cable car ? What time is the last cable car up ? Or should we stay the night in Tangkou n go up the mountain the next morning ?
2. If we go up next morn, what can we do in Tangkou the day we arrive , as Tangkou is small n no attractions
3. We will stay overnight on top of mountain on 23 April night n come down on 24 April. What time should we start descending so we can be in Hongcun in the evening.
4. We leave Hongcun to catch train at HS North station for 1350hrs . So we only have one morn in Hongcun. Hope it is enough ! :)
5. Which trail at mountain will u recommend which has best views ?
Thank u so much n it's so appreciated !
2. If you decide to go up next morning, you can tour around the town and taste local snack in advance. You can visit the Yanxi Street where you can buy some specialties. Don’t rush your time, you can slow down to appreciate this town, as well as take some beautiful pictures.
3. It usually needs around 3 hours to walk down the mountain and it only needs about 1 hour to Hongcun. If you will charter a car, you can just go down as your willingness. If you need to catch a bus to go there, you are advised to go down in the morning. Because there is only two buses departs from the scenic area directly. As I remember, it departs around 10:00 and 13:00.
4. It could be a little tight for your schedule. You are advised to get there earlier on April 24th, so you can visit some place in advance.
5. It is said the Taiping Cable line will have a better view of the mountain. However, each line will have different scenery, and you may choose the one you like.
I've read that the village is only 1.5 hours from Tunxi by bus but I can't find any details on how to get the bus. Where do you catch the bus from Tunxi to Mukeng? And how would you get from Mukeng Village to Hongcun Village?
Thank you so much for any help on this matter.
I am planning to to visit Ywllo Mountain in September. I will be traveling from Shanghai, how long does it take to get there by bus. How long in advance i should book the tickets? Is there any website so I can do it online? Also how long is the bus, I found various times and I am a little confused.
From Huangshan I will be going to Hangzhou
I do not plan on doing the hike, just visiting villages. I have about 4 days. Should I stay in Tunxi and travel from there for a day trip? My plan so far is to see Xidi and Hongcun. Any other recommendations?
You are suggested to book the tickets at least 2 days in advance if in travel peak season. There are websites for the online booking, but there is no English version. You can ask your hotel staff to help you with the booking.
Your plan is good. Xidi Hongcun is worth visiting, which is the best choice for your extended trip.
After arriving, there are lots of tourist buses that can take you to Xidi Ancient Village. It takes half an hour on the way.
1) where does the buses from Tunxi to Tangkou starts from?
2) when is the first bus from Tunxi to Tangkou?
3) which buses go from Tangkou to East Lift?
4) when is the last bus fromTangkou to Tunxi?
Sorry for many questions, thanks in advance!
I have no idea of "East Lift'. Would you clarify it first? Anyway, I can tell you that the last bus from Tangkou to Tunxi leaves around 17:30.