Hu Kaiwen Ink-stick Factory in Huangshan

Why is Hu Kaiwen Ink-stick Factory So Special?

Hu Kaiwen Ink Factory is a time-honored factory to produce traditional Chinese ink sticks. More than a factory, it is a museum where you can witness the working process of making ink sticks and admire the traditional Chinese art. It is also possible to make an ink stick in person.

Where is Hu Kaiwen Ink-stick Factory

Hu Kaiwen Ink Factory (Tunxi) is located in the downtown area of Huangshan City, only about 600 meters (within 10 minutes’ walk) away from Tunxi Old Street. It can be easily visited from your hotels in city center of Huangshan City by walk.

How to Get to Hu Kaiwen Ink-stick Factory

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 Hu Kaiwen Ink-stick Factory 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 Bus: Tourists can get to the factory by bus No 21, 218, 219 in Huangshan City.

Main Attractions in Hu Kaiwen Ink-stick Factory

Hui Ink-stick

Inksticks (墨), one of China’s Four Treasures of the Study of classical literary along with brushes, inkstones and papers, is a great carrier of Chinese traditional culture. As a type of solid ink, Chinese inksticks is the primitive coloring material for calligraphy and brush painting. Ink sticks produced in east China’s Anhui Province are considered to be the finest in the world, and are called Hui Ink sticks. First opened in 1782 during the reign of Emperor Qianlong of Qing Dynasty, Hu Kaiwen Ink Factory is the oldest and most famous factory for Hui Ink in China, where visitors can see the whole working process of ink sticks. 

Inksticks Making

Get amazed by the mysterious skill of making inksticks and want to join in the workers? Of course you can. Hu Kaiwen Ink Factory provides visitors an opportunity to experience one part of inkstick-making process. Under the instruction of a qualified teacher, you will learn how to mix the materials together, pound them with a pestle, and press them into the mould. When you finish your inksticks, you can print your handprint on the inksticks and take them home. It will be a memorable souvenir for your trip to this Chinese old factory or a treasured gift for your family and friends.

Useful Travel Tips

  1. The fee for experience making inksticks is 150RMB/2 Inksticks (available to be shared by two people). Making one inkstick takes about 1 hour usually.
  2. All the staff needs to focus on their work, so please keep your voice a little lower and don’t disturb them.

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Edited by Emily Wang/王海玲