Hongcun Village

Hongcun Village

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Hongcun is a village in Yixian County, located near the southwest slope of Mount Huangshan. It is elected to one of China's top 10 charming villages and together with Xidi it was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Morning mist, gray tiles, white walls, stone bridges, water lily ponds, and hills at the background, all elements of traditional Chinese landscape painting, therefore Hongcun Village has always enjoyed the reputation as "a village in the Chinese painting". It is a place for artists and film directors. Hongcun was the fighting scenes for the movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", directed by Lee Ang and starring Chow Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi. In the 73rd Academy Awards, the film has won Best Foreign Film and Best Cinematography. The scene of Hongcun might have come to your mind.

Hongcun Village

Hongcun Village

Hongcun, a wonderful village worth visiting after the majestic grandeur of Huangshan, was established in 1131. This well-preserved centuries old village is unique. What's so special about Hongcun is that the village was designed by a feng shui master to resemble a cow, which represents a very unique architectural decision and cultural heritage. The tour guide will interpret which part of the village is the anatomical equivalent to the cow and you will need some imagination to link the two. For example, the two old trees at the entrance to the village represent the horns, the four stone bridges the legs, the ponds the stomach, etc.

Hongcun is also different from the other villages in the area in the respect that it has a very sophisticated water system. It is an amazing village where the water flows through the entire town for use of each household. Water is the main feature in this village, with the two large ponds connected to a series of flowing streams which pass by every house, providing water for washing, cooking, and bathing.

Hongcun Village

Hongcun Village

Leisurely ramble around village, chat with villagers, listen to the ancient stories, taste local delicacies, shop for antiques & artifacts, admire the old wisdom from poetry pasted on the columns, Hui-style architecture, the exquisite woodcarving and stonework's workmanship and subtleties of "FengShui" arrangement. Moreover, for those who love to paint, bring your tools!

Address: Hongcun Village, Yixian County, Anhui province
Website: UNESCO webpage about Xidi and Hongcun