Hongcun Ancient Village, Yi County

Step back in time and visit the World Heritage Site of Hongcun Ancient Village, a charming village that dates back to the Ming and Qing dynasties. Situated in the foothills of the Yellow Mountain, the tiny settlement is renowned for its well-preserved Anhui architecture and the marvelous arrangement of its houses, bridges, and canals, said to resemble the shape of an ox when viewed from above. Stroll the narrow roads, hang out by the lake, and enjoy the laid-back, peaceful atmosphere, reminiscent of the old China in the distant past. To visit Hongcun Ancient Village on your trip to Yi County, use our Yi County trip planner .
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  • As a representative of the Huizhou architecture, the village is not to be missed, just don't go on weekends and holidays. Compared to other ancient towns, Hong Village is still a good point is not completely commercialized, the local people are still very self in the meantime, not affected by the outside tourists, every day to sketch the students here a lot, suitable for sketching, ink painting Chinese landscape.
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  • Very typical ancient village with Ming and Qing courtyards, beautifully preserved and with not a lot of tourists. You can easily spend 2 hours walking around in the streets and visiting old houses and...  more »
  • I was a bit disappointed in this village. It's certainly charming and interesting, but it's mainly packed with restaurants and souvenir shops, making it far less authentic than I'd hoped. Getting ther...  more »

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Where to stay in Yi County

International visitors to Yi County tend to stay in the water villages of Hongcun and Xidi. Just northeast of the county lies one of the main natural attractions in the country, Huangshan (Yellow Mountain). A wealth of guesthouses, hotels, and resorts sit at the foot of the mountain and allow for explorations of the water villages, accessible on a number of organized excursions.
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