As a member of world cultural heritage sites, Hongcun Village was built in Southern Song Dynasty and enjoys the history of more than 800 thousand years. Situated 10 kilometers far from Yixian County, Hongcun is embraced by green mountains and blue waters all year round, peaceful in atmosphere and featured in landscape. Nestled at the foot of lofty Leigang Peak, the village is often enveloped by cloud and mist. In Hongcun, natural scenery blends to historical landscape in harmony and thus it is reputed as “Village in Picture” in China.
The Hongcun Village is also famous for its cow-structured layout, which is a great wonder in world cultural heritages. It takes the magnificent Leigang Peak as the cow’s head, towering trees, the cow’s horn, dwellings lines on both sides, the cow’s body, pond in the south, the cow’s stomach, the zigzag ditches, the cow’s intestines, and the later-built four bridges, the cow’s legs. This jaw-dropping manmade water system not only supplies the water for fire-proofing and irrigation but also adjusts the air temperature, bringing much convenience to the daily life of villagers.
Dwellings in Hongcun village are white-walled and gray tile-roofed. There are 140 well-preserved dwellings built in Ming and Qing dynasties, among which Chengzhi Hall is the most well-known. Chengzhi Hall, reputedly “the imperial palace of folk flavor”, is characterized by its exquisite carvings, sumptuous and magnificent. Other renowned attractions in Hongcun, such as Nanhu Collage, Leigang Hill under Sunset, Shuren Hall, Luxu Hall, Wood-Carved Pavilion and Qishu Lake, also captivate travel-addicts home and abroad to pay a visit. Traveling in Hongcun is just like lingering in a mesmerizing picture, where people blend into architecture, mountain and water perfectly. In Hongcun, visitors would be intoxicated by the harmonious atmosphere there.
Chinese Pinyin: hong cun
Ticket price:80 Yuan
Location: Hongcun Village, Huangshan City, Anhui Province
How to get to: There are buses to Hongcun in Yixian County and they cost about 2 yuan.