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Hongcun

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Hongcun

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the view of Yuezhao at dusk

Hongcun (宏村; Hóngcūn) is a village in Anhui Province in China. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Understand

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.

Get in

By bus

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.

Get around

See

  • Traditional residential houses. Houses with white walls and grey roofs is the typical building style in rual areas of southern China. Take a look at the delicate sculptures at every entrance of houses.

Do

Buy

Eat

Drink

Sleep

Family inns are available in the village. Single or shared rooms come with bathroom and air conditioner in winter time(additional charge apply here).

Contact

Get out

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