|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
|Official name||Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui - Xidi and Hongcun|
|Location||People's Republic of China|
|Criteria||Cultural: iii, iv, v|
|Inscription||2000 (24th Session)|
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.
Buses are available from Huangshan Bus Station. There are also buses from Tangkou Bus Station to Hongcun. Tangkou Bus Station is at the foot of Huangshan Scenic Area.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Hongcun.|
- Hongcun village official website
- UNESCO site about Xidi and Hongcun
- article on Xidi and Hongcun at china.com (in English)
- Hongcun travel guide from Wikivoyage
- information and pictures of Hongcun
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