Xidi Village

Xidi Village is located at the south foot of Mt. Huangshan. Its original name is Xichuan. It can also be called Xixi. This name is given because there are three brooks which run from east to west. But because there is a relay station in the west of the village, so the name was changed into Xidi. Xidi was built in the Huangyou period of the Northern Song dynasty, developed in the middle of the Jingtai period of the Ming dynasty, and was prosperous at the beginning of the Qing dynasty. It has a history of nearly 1000 years. During the Ming and Qing dynasties, the businessmen reached the period of highest development. They carried out an extensive building program, such as building houses and ancestral temples, making roads, building bridges and so on. Nowadays, more than 100 old folk houses in Xidi maintain the basic appearance and feature they used to be.

Xidi is an old village which accepts the blood relationship of the clan as tie and where most of Hu families live. There is a green stone memorial archway which has three rooms, four pillars and five floors. It was built in the Wanli time of the Ming dynasty. The structure is very exquisite. It's tall and erect, which stands for the eminent station of Hu family. There are nearly 300 buildings of the Ming and Qing dynasties in Hui style. Exquisite bricks, wood and stone carving decorate every building. The Lingyun Pavilon, the Cishi (an official title in ancient time of China) House, the Ruiyu Pavilon, the Taoli Garden, the East Garden, the West Garden, the Daifu(an official title in ancient time of China) House, the Jing'ai Hall, the Lvfu Hall, the Qingyun House, the Yinfu Hall, etc have been exploited into scenic spots. In addition, beautiful and imposing folk houses and exquisite gardens are worth visiting.

Questions and Answers About Xidi Village

Marites 2014-01-14
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Hi - we would like to go to Xidi on our way from Tunxi to Tangkou ( we plan to stay in the Hot Spring area) before going up to the mountains. What is the best way to do this? Bus from Tunxi to Xidi - then Xidi to Tangkou by bus or taxi or private car?
Hi Marites, my suggestion is take bus from Tunxi to Tangkou, stay in the Hot Spring area. After your tour for Huangshan, you can take tourist bus to Xidi Village. Whitney Liao replied on 2014-01-15
Jess 2013-01-13
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I would like to know if is possible to visit Xidi village and Hongcu on the same day? approx how much time is needed to explore each town? I read that they are about 18km apart from each other, which one is recommended to visit first? is public transportation (bus) available between the two towns? I will be visiting during the Month of April. Thank You!
Hi Jess, Yes, it is possible to visit Xidi Village and Hongcun on the same day. 1-2 hours is enough for each, and there are buses between them. If you depart from Huangshan city, you can go to Xidi Village first, it is one the way to Hongcun. You can take the bus at the Tunxi Bus terminal. Xidi Village is a little bit more commercial than Hongcun, if you like those kind of village, it is suggested that you spend two days there. One night in Xidi Village and the other day in Hongcun. Doris Huang replied on 2013-01-15
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