Hongcun Ancient Village in Huangshan

Why is Hongcun Ancient Village So Special?

Hongcun (宏村) Village is renowned in China for its Anhui-style buildings, and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. First built during the Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279), the village has a history of more than 800 years.

Where is Hongcun Ancient Village

Hongcun Ancient Village is located in Yixian County, about 65 km from Huangshan Tunxi downtown area, and 37 km from Mt. Huangshan Scenic Area. It is about 10 km from Xidi Ancient Village.

How to Get to Hongcun Ancient Village

Travel with China Dragon Tours (top recommended)

If you want to get rid of hustle of transportation and troublesome navigation, you can book a private tour package which covers visiting, dining and transfer from us. Our local tour guide and driver will escort you to Hongcun Ancient Village with speed and convenience, and take care of all the details. You just need to focus on travel.

Independent Travel

For independent travelers you can

By Taxi: From the city of Yixian, one can take a special tricycle taxi or rent a vehicle.

By Bus: Travelers can take a bus from Yixian County(黟县) with a 15-minute journey.

Main Attractions in Hongcun Ancient Village

Hui Residential Buildings

The unique local homes are well-preserved ancient Anhui-style buildings, very different from Suzhou gardens or Beijing royal gardens. There are about 140 well-preserved ancient houses from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Chengzhitang (承志堂) is called the folk palace because it is the best ancient residence among ancient buildings in the south of Anhui Province. Travelers should not miss that ancient house.

Southern Lake

Located at the south of Hongcun, Southern Lake (南湖) is an arched lake built in 1607. Old trees and weeping willows, with graceful branches and leaves, surround the lake’s causeway. The whole lake reflects the light, water and sky blending into one color, along with the mountains and houses which appear to be falling into the lake.

Nanhu Academy

Nanhu Academy is located on the north bank of Nanhu(Southern Lake). It was originally six private schools built at the end of Ming Dynasty. It was called “Yihu six academies”. In 1814, the 19th year of Jiaqing in Qing Dynasty, it was merged and rebuilt as “Wenjia Academy”, also known as “Nanhu Academy”. After reconstruction, the academy is composed of six parts: Zhidao hall, Wenchang Pavilion, enlightenment Pavilion, Huiwen Pavilion, Wanghu Pavilion and Zhi Garden. Yuexutang is Wang family’s ancestral hall, is the only Ming Dynasty building preserved in the village.

Useful Travel Tips

  1. People over 65 and under 6 are free for charge.
  2. It would be better for you to hire a tour guide for a better understanding of Hongcun Ancient Village Cultural.

Nearby Attractions

Edited by Emily Wang/王海玲