Hongcun Ancient Village
Hongcun Ancient Village
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Joanne H
London, UK940 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I had a very pleasant few hours mooching around the houses and alleyways of Hongcun. It was best when I took the back alleys and managed to get away from the tour groups - they follow a fairly limited route, so it is easy to avoid them and the place got a lot quieter around noon (suspect there's a lunchtime lull before the groups arrive again in the afternoon). The old houses are beautiful and although Hongcun is undoubtedly touristy it's a nice kind of touristy by and large. Plenty of places to get food and drink too, and even some decent coffee!
Written October 13, 2023
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Joe
Budapest, Hungary4,866 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
This is one of the most picturesque places I’ve seen in China. And it was the setting for some scenes from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon movie. It is also a UNESCO world heritage site for its long history, country scenery, and well preserved buildings dating hundreds of years.
Written December 6, 2022
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Laura G
Chicago, IL41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
We had an amazing time in Huangshan and Hongcun. Jenny Tours did a great job organizing the details of the trip. Our tour guide, April was the best. Our only negative is that we had hoped to stay overnight in Huangshan, but new Covid-19 restrictions did not allow us to, and we only found this out that day. The Train was an easy 2 1/2 hours from Shanghai. We will definitely be back to visit again!
Written July 1, 2020
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David C
Singapore, Singapore11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
Very quaint and unspoiled environment even though it is seeing many tourists. It is my 2nd visit in 5 yes, and I am still impressed by the village and its neighbouring tourist sites. Still very picturesque and a great place for photography or painting.
Written February 12, 2020
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina70,534 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
The Hui-style architecture of the ancient buildings is 800 to 1,000 years old, and from the southern Song Dynasty.
Written November 19, 2020
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Seng Hing N
Singapore, Singapore347 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
We went to Hongcun Village on 2 December 2014. We were attracted by the entrance scenery. We had a lady guide to enlighten us the history of this village. The village had a history of over eight hundred years. The village also showed us the original Hui style architecture (a type of traditional Chinese architecture). Art students and artists liked to come to this elegant ancient village to capture its beauty on paper. This charming ancient Hongcun Village was the setting for Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (the winner of Oscar Best Foreign Language Film Award 2001). It took her to go one round at least one hour. After that we went another round by ourselves. There were so many beautiful scenic spots to capture. We liked the pond surrounded by ancient building inside the village. It was very spectacular. Whichever angle we took the photographs, the result was fantastic. There were many shops selling food and souvenirs.
Written December 13, 2014
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Raymond W
Townsville, Australia4,549 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
This village attracts a large number of visitors due to its World Heritage Status. Chinese domestic tourists are very conscious about honours such as UNESCO status. This status is also reflected in a sky-high entrance price. 104 yuan (about $17) just to walk into a village and walk around is steep by any standards. Nonetheless, it is an authentic Huizhou village and its UNESCO status means that the local tourist authorities run a tourist bus out to it every hour in the mornings from Tunxi (Huangshan City). It would be possible to see less-frequented Huizhou villages, but you might have to wait longer for transport connections.

The village is famously designed in the shape of an ox. Mind you, this seems a very good example of the fantastic strain in the Chinese imagination, as you would never think of oxes if you didn't know in advance. Apparently, the south lake is the ox's spleen, a couple of ancient trees are its horns and the other canals represent in entrails and organs. On a more literal level, what you will see is a village of white-washed houses surrounded by ponds, lakes and canals with stone-paved lanes running between the buildings.

There is nothing much here that you can't see at other 'ancient villages' in China. The main exception is the Huizhou carving on the lintels and some of the wood panels. Arguably, the carving you see in the ancient street of Tunxi is better though. What can make a visit here more interesting is trying some simple Hongun cooking. There are a number of small restaurants serving local specialties, and they all seem to be reasonably priced.
Written December 1, 2014
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Sonia M
Beijing, China264 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
I'm shocked at how little information there is on Hongcun. Hongcun is an ancient village in Anhui, imagine winding cobblestone roads with little canals ran alongside them next to the whitewashed walls. Fields of rice, little vegetable gardens, creeks, water mills, little chickens and animals running around. It felt like an Asian style The Shire from LOTR. For Hongcun itself, there is an entrance fee and although it is really beautiful, it is still a tourist attraction. There are significantly less people here, but expect crappy expensive food--this was my least favorite thing about Hongcun.

If you want an even more authentic experience, once you arrive in Hongcun via the public tourist bus from Tunxi bus station, just walk further down the road towards the Mukeng bamboo forest (木坑竹海)--another great place to visit, and find a random village alongside the road. They all have at least one hotel and restaurant (not sure about prices though).

If you visit Mukeng Bamboo Forest, be sure to have lunch at 竹中园--I can't say the food is exceptional or that the prices are good, but I met the son of the owner and they are a nice family. The food is very organic too--handpicked, hand grown, or hand butchered (if you get the chicken). The bamboo forest is very beautiful too and some scenes from "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" were filmed here.

It is about an hour walk from Hongcun to the bamboo forest and it is a beautiful walk. Be sure to deviate from the path and explore the farmlands and quaint villages.

You will love this area if you are the type of person who appreciates a quiet, peaceful, calm, and serene environment with immense natural beauty. There isn't much to do, but tend to your thoughts, walk around, and enjoy the scenery, but this is the type of vacation I like.
Written July 1, 2014
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Joni H
Singapore, Singapore1,801 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
Though very touristy, I still like the subdue tranquil feeling I had when watching the young people sitting round the waters with their drawing boards..a pretty sight..there are quite a number of shops selling local souvenirs and delicacies but we didn’t have much time to enjoy them. Great if you have several hours to spend in this old town to enjoy it..
Written December 23, 2019
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JMy76
Shanghai, China73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
When you are in the Yellow Mountain area, don't miss to visit. A guide could show us many old houses and explain details we would not have seen without.
The lake is a great place to walk around and enjoy the view and - hopefully - the sunshine. (Take the kids at your hands on the narrow paths beside the water!)
Written December 2, 2019
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