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. Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi

    Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi

  2. Hoi An Ancient Town

    Hoi An Ancient Town

  3. Ancient City of Polonnaruwa

    Ancient City of Polonnaruwa

  1. Historical Monuments at Makli, Thatta

    Historical Monuments at Makli, Thatta

  2. Yakushima

    Yakushima

  3. Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area

    Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area

  1. Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa

    Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa

  2. Masada

    Masada

  3. Agra Fort

    Agra Fort

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

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

  2. Strait of Malacca

    Strait of Malacca

  3. Wadi Rum Protected Area

    Wadi Rum Protected Area

  1. Goa

    Goa

  2. Historic Villages of Korea: Hahoe and Yangdong

    Historic Villages of Korea: Hahoe and Yangdong

  3. Old Town of Lijiang

    Old Town of Lijiang

  1. Leshan Giant Buddha

    Leshan Giant Buddha

  2. Citadel of Ho Dynasty

    Citadel of Ho Dynasty

  3. Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties

    Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties

  1. Rohtas Fort

    Rohtas Fort

  2. Bisotun

    Bisotun

  3. The Great Wall

    The Great Wall

  1. Persepolis

    Persepolis

  2. Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui – Xidi and Hongcun

    Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui – Xidi and Hongcun

  3. Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi

    Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi

  1. Takht-e Soleyman

    Takht-e Soleyman

  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. Itchan Kala

    Itchan Kala

  1. Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha

    Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha

  2. Rinnō-ji

    Rinnō-ji

  3. Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor

    Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor

  1. Ajanta Caves

    Ajanta Caves

  2. Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore

    Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore

  3. Borobudur Temple Compounds

    Borobudur Temple Compounds

  1. Samarra Archaeological City

    Samarra Archaeological City

  2. Fujian Tulou

    Fujian Tulou

  3. Ancient City of Ping Yao

    Ancient City of Ping Yao

  1. Archaeological Ruins at Moenjodaro

    Archaeological Ruins at Moenjodaro

  2. The Perisian Garden

    The Perisian Garden

  3. Longmen Grottoes

    Longmen Grottoes

facebook comments
Comment
To the Top