Tunxi Ancient Street

Tunxi Ancient Street is situated in the center of Tunxi District, the location of Huangshan City Government.

Tunxi Ancient Street
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It dates back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279), with centuries-old history. Emperor Huizong (1082-1135) moved his seat of government to Lin'an (now is Hangzhou), when many architects and workmen were conscripted to construct the new capital. After returning to their hometown, they imitated the structural style to build architecture along the street, so Tunxi Ancient Street was formed. At the beginning of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), a merchant in Anhui invested money to build 47 stores so as to attract businessmen, which contributed to the communication of it with outside world. Gradually it developed into the distribution center for materials in and out of Anhui in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

Tunxi Ancient Street is paved with maroon flagstones with a total length of 1,273 meters (about 1,392 yards), of which 895 meters (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. Once a professor from America was amazed by it and he said he had found an Oriental Ancient Rome. Nowadays Tunxi Ancient Street is also used as a natural studio for films and TV series.

Ancient Tunxi Street
Huangshan Tunxi Old Street
Ink Slabs Shop
Ink Slabs Shop
There are two well-known museums in Tunxi Ancient Street. One is the Tunxi Museum with a display of furniture from the Ming and Qing dynasties on the first floor and an exhibition of calligraphy, paintings and china upstairs. The other is Wancuilou, a four-storey structure which is the first private museum of ancient architectural style. Famous ink stones and the four treasures of study, writing brushes, ink sticks, ink slabs and paper are displayed or for sale on the first floor. Here you can find the biggest inkstone weighing more than 12,500 kilograms (about 27,558 pounds). Cultural relics and other artworks collected by the owner of the museum are exhibited on the second floor.

Along the Tunxi Ancient Street there are many shops that have existed for over one hundred years. Curios and knick-knacks including inkstones, brushes, local teas, and Mao badges can also be found. It is a paradise for tourists to buy souvenirs rich in Chinese culture with comparatively lower prices and is a must-see when you are traveling in Huangshan City.
Deyanglou Restaurant
Deyanglou Restaurant
Pickles Store
Pickles Store

How to get to Tunxi Ancient Street

1. Take bus 1 to Ermalu.
2. Take bus 3, 5, 8, 11, 12, 15, or 21 to Yuzhong Huayuan.
Entrance Fee Free
Opening Hours Whole day
Recommended Time for a Visit At least one hour

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- Last modified on May. 26, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Tunxi Ancient Street
Asked by Chow from SINGAPORE | May. 18, 2019 17:42Reply
Travel to Huangshan tunxi acient street
From North Railway Station huating boutique hostel , how do i travel to the tuncxi ancient street. How long will it take ?
Also for the same hostel to huangshan mountain ? How long will it takes and how to travel ? Is there 2 days pass ticket for the huangshan mountain? Would like to take 2days to complete the mountain. Kindly advise total of 3days stay at huangshan all the 2places we intend to go , is it possible?
Answers (1)
Answered by Helen from USA | May. 20, 2019 02:21

Is it North Station Huiting Boutique Hostel? If yes, you can take Bus Line 21 to Quyiyuan Station and then walk southwest about 1km to the old street. It takes about 70 mins.

To the mountain area, you can take a bus from the transport center near North Railway Station. It takes about 50 minutes and the bus fare is CNY20.

You can re-enter the mountain from the same entrance if you have registered. However, if you stay overnight on the mountain, you don't have to register. It is possible to cover the 2 places within 3 days.
Asked by stella from INDONESIA | May. 02, 2019 08:39Reply
Transportation from Tunxi Old Street to Huangshan Scenic Area
Hi all, I will be traveling with my family at the end of this May 2019.
we will take train from Beijing South station to Huangshan North station.

we booked 2 nights at TunXi Old Street International Youth Hostel.
Q #1: what kind of transportation should we take from North Station to our hostel? Is it bus? and how much approximately?

on the second day, we would like to visit the mountain scenic area.
Q #2: what kind of transportation we can use to get to Yunqu cable car main entrance HS?
I heard that there are only government bus who can access to mountain scenic area.

thank you so much before
Answers (3)
Answered by Victoria from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 06, 2019 02:17

1. You can take Bus Line 21 from the railway station to Quyiyuan. Then walk south about 800m to the hotel.

2. You can take a bus from Tunxi Bus Station to Huangshan transfer center and the bus departs from 5:30 to 17:00 every 20 minutes. Then take a tourist bus to the cable car station. The tourist bus is operated by scenic area.
Answered by stella from INDONESIA | May. 26, 2019 10:22

Hi, May I know how is the bus arrangement from Huangshan Area go back to Tunxi Old Street? I might take two ways cable car. Is there any specific or Bus# should I take?
Answered by Victoria from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 26, 2019 19:11

Take a bus from transfer center to the street. There is no bus number and you can ask for the name of street directly. The bus departs from 6:00 to 17:30 every 15 mins.
Asked by hazwwn from MALAYSIA | May. 02, 2019 04:11Reply
How to go Huangshan Tunxi Ancient Town from Tunxi Bus Station?
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Answered by Karel from AUSTRALIA | May. 06, 2019 00:55

You can take a taxi directly and it takes about CNY10.

If you want to take a bus, Bus Line 21/10 is available. You can get off at Quyiyuan Station, then walk southwest about 1km to the street.
Asked by E San from SINGAPORE | Dec. 18, 2018 00:01Reply
travel from Guangzhou to huangshan by high speed train,reach 3pm.
Would like to go to the yellow mountain.
kindly share with us where shall we stay ? Tunxi or directly go to Huangshan Cheng Jin Hotel. what is the distance from tunxi to huangshan ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Polly from USA | Dec. 20, 2018 01:00

You are advised to take Chengjin Hotel in Tangkou because is much nearer to the scenic area. In addition, the distance from Tunxi to the mountain is about 110km.
Asked by Mar from SPAIN | Jun. 13, 2018 22:57Reply
I arrive to Huangshan Railway Station and I'm planning to visit Tunxi Ancient Street
Then take a bus to go to Hongcun then Xidi and in the afternoon go to Tangkou to spend the night. I'm not planning to stay too long in each place. Is there enough time? I'm planning to go by public transport
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Answered by Paul from USA | Jun. 14, 2018 20:55

Yeah, I think it’s available if you are not to stay too long in every place.
Answered by Jess from GERMANY | Jul. 17, 2018 00:22

Je you have not gone already, go from Huangshan (Tunxi) to Xidi, then to Hongcun, then Tangkou. It is the same bus via Xidi. In Xidi you can leave your luggage at the tourist centre for free. 2 hours is more than enough time, same for Hongcun, maybe a bit more for both if you like to stroll. Buy food before you head up the mountain. Actually, if you have not booked yet, I recommend staying in Hongcun, loveliest place at night, but busy and touristy during the day. Qingheyue Hostel is great!
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