Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui – Xidi and Hongcun

Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui – Xidi and Hongcun

Hongcun (Chinese: 宏村; pinyin: Hóngcūn) is a village in Yi County county, Anhui Province, People’s Republic of China, near the southwest slope of Mount Huangshan.

The village is arranged in the shape of an ox with the nearby hill (Leigang Hill) interpreted as the head, and two trees standing on it as the horns. Four bridges across the Jiyin stream can be seen as the legs whilst the houses of the village form the body. Inside the “body”, the Jiyin stream represents the intestines and various lakes such as the “South Lake” (Nanhu) form the other internal organs.

The architecture and carvings of the approximately 150 residences dating back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties are said to be among the best of their kind in China. One of the biggest of the residences open to visitors, Chenzhi Hall, also contains a small museum.

Together with Xidi, the village became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Scenes from the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon were filmed on location in Hongcun.

Outline
Hongcun (Chinese: 宏村; pinyin: Hóngcūn) is a village in Yi County county, Anhui Province, People's Republic of China, near the southwest slope of Mount Huangshan.

Recommended world heritage video

  1. The Great Wall

    The Great Wall

  2. Town of Luang Prabang

    Town of Luang Prabang

  3. Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi

    Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi

  1. Kinkaku-ji

    Kinkaku-ji

  2. Rohtas Fort

    Rohtas Fort

  3. Historic Centre of Bukhara

    Historic Centre of Bukhara

  1. Mountain Railways of India

    Mountain Railways of India

  2. Old Town of Lijiang

    Old Town of Lijiang

  3. Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran

    Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran

  1. Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi

    Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi

  2. Gusuku Sites of the Kingdom of Ryukyu

    Gusuku Sites of the Kingdom of Ryukyu

  3. Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area

    Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area

  1. Yakushima

    Yakushima

  2. Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore

    Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore

  3. Sites of Japan Meiji Industrial Revolution

    Sites of Japan Meiji Industrial Revolution

  1. Leshan Giant Buddha

    Leshan Giant Buddha

  2. Ryōan-ji

    Ryōan-ji

  3. Strait of Malacca

    Strait of Malacca

  1. Wadi Rum Protected Area

    Wadi Rum Protected Area

  2. The Historic Centre of Macao

    The Historic Centre of Macao

  3. State Historical and Cultural Park “Ancient Merv”

    State Historical and Cultural Park “Ancient Merv”

  1. Ajanta Caves

    Ajanta Caves

  2. Agra Fort

    Agra Fort

  3. Historic Villages of Korea: Hahoe and Yangdong

    Historic Villages of Korea: Hahoe and Yangdong

  1. Buddhist Ruins of Takht-i-Bahi and Neighbouring City Remains at Sahr-i-Bahlol

    Buddhist Ruins of Takht-i-Bahi and Neighbouring City Remains at Sahr-i-Bahlol

  2. Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram

    Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram

  3. Melaka and George Town, historic cities of the Straits of Malacca

    Melaka and George Town, historic cities of the Straits of Malacca

  1. Takht-e Soleyman

    Takht-e Soleyman

  2. Persepolis

    Persepolis

  3. Ancient City of Ping Yao

    Ancient City of Ping Yao

  1. Samarra Archaeological City

    Samarra Archaeological City

  2. Petroglyphic Complexes of the Mongolian Altai

    Petroglyphic Complexes of the Mongolian Altai

  3. Masada

    Masada

  1. Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu

    Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu

  2. Archaeological Ruins at Moenjodaro

    Archaeological Ruins at Moenjodaro

  3. The Perisian Garden

    The Perisian Garden

  1. Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya

    Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya

  2. Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang

    Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang

  3. My Son Sanctuary

    My Son Sanctuary

facebook comments
Comment
To the Top