Hongcun was built by business men from the once famous trading group Huishang (徽商) about 500 years ago. Because of its special geographical location and ingenious local culture, most of the architectural specialties of that period have been preserved. The layout of this village takes the shape of a cow, where its famous ancient drainage system plays the role of 'stomach' and 'abdomen'. Gutters covered with grey flagstone are spread into every alley in the village which is centered around Yuezhao (月沼), the moon shaped water pool.
From Tangkou at the foot of Mount Huangshan, take a bus for ¥14 (2008) or a taxa for ¥80-150. The bus service is far from periodic, so confirm your return schedule with the driver when you board.
Family inns are available in the village. Single or shared rooms come with bathroom and air conditioner in winter time(additional charge apply here).