Hongcun Village, northwest corner of Yi County 245500, Huangshan, China.
Reasons to visit
Ecological and natural village.
Hongcun Village is an ancient village with a history of 400 to 500 years. The original residential style and features of the Ming and Qing Dynasties were preserved perfectly there. It was inscribed into the list of the World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000.
Hongcun Village has a cattle-like plan, a stream passes by every door in the village like a cattle's gut, a semi-lunar pond looks like the cattle's stomach, and the four bridges over the stream from the cattle's feet. With marbled ground, black tiles, fresh red lanterns, elaborate woodcarvings and amazingly comprehensive water system, it is known as ‘the folk imperial palaces'. It is an architectural miracle constructed by the ancient people in accordance with the bionics.
The peaceful environment and beautiful surroundings present outsiders a piece of pleasing and tranquil picture of a typical country life in South China. Possessing most attractive natural sceneries and more than 140 well preserved ancient houses, Hongcun Village always welcomes plentiful visitors all year around. Thanks to famous film director Lee Ang, he found this splendid place and made it as a main scene for the Chinese film "Wo Hu Cang Long (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon)". In the 73rd Academy Awards, the film won Best Foreign Film, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, and Best Art/Set Direction.
Main Attractions to See
【Nanhu Lake】 Nanhu Lake is located in south gate of Hongcun village. It is an artificial lake originally built in 1607 during Ming Dynasty and in imitation of West Lake. The lake is shaped like a big bow. The lake embankment has two layers. There are old willow trees surrounding around the lake. And in summer, there are water lily blooming in the lake, quite beautiful.
【Deyitang Hall】 Deyitang Hall is a traditional classical courtyard residence in Hui style. It was built in 1815 in Qing Dynasty. There is a pool in the middle of the house. And around the pool, there is potted landscape. Two courtyards are sited in the east and west sides of the residence.
【Ancestral Hall of the Wang’s】 Ancestral Hall of the Wang’s was originally built in Ming Dynasty. The whole building was in convex shape. There are carvings in the wooden pillars in the hall. This place is used to make offerings to ancestors in big festivals.
【Chinese name】: 宏村 【Recommended to visit】: half day 【How to get to Hongcun Village】: it enjoys very convenient transport. If you depart from Tunxi of Huangshan, you can take direct bus (written 屯溪-黟县-宏村in Chinese) to get there.