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The Top 10 Ancient Streets / Villages Close to the Yellow Mountains

After a visit to the Yellow Mountains, you should see the villages/streets of Huangshan to appreciate countryside scenery and ancient architecture.

1. Tunxi Ancient Street — Gifts, Food, Ink, and Architecture

tunxiTunxi Ancient Street
  • Shops open till late evening
  • Entry: free
  • Highlights: gift shopping, Huangshan Ink Factory, Anhui architecture, local food
  • Suggested visit: half a day (ideal for late afternoon/evening)

Tunxi Ancient Street is the best-preserved ancient street in Huangshan City, with architectural styles of the Song (960–1279), Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) dynasties.

It's famous for ink production. If you are interested in Chinese brush calligraphy, you should see the historic factory where ink tablets, calligraphy sets, and seals are produced.

You can also buy famous tea there and taste the best local food.

2. Hong Village — The Subject of Countless Paintings

hongcun villageHong Village
  • Open: 7:30am–5:30pm
  • Entry: 104 yuan (17 USD)
  • Highlights: photography, charmingly landscaped rural architecture, hiking
  • Suggested visit: half a day
  • Best times: March–April for spring scenery, November for autumn scenery

Hong Village you may have already seen, as it's the setting for Ang Lee's movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". Hongcun is a beautiful ancient village frequented by painters capturing the blend of pools, willows, and ancient architecture on canvass. It's at the foot of the Yellow Mountains.

3. Xidi Village — a Model of Simplicity

xidi villageXidi Village
  • Open: 7:30am–6:00pm
  • Entry: 104 yuan (17 USD)
  • Highlights: photography, classic rural architecture, hiking
  • Suggested visit: half a day
  • Best times: spring and fall

Xidi Village has many high walls and alleys, which will make you feel like you're in a maze. The layout, decoration, and cultural backdrop make it a classic Anhui ancient village. There's an 8-km (5-mi) Hongcun–Xidi scenic walk.

4. Bishan Village — A Rural Utopia

Bishan VillageBishan Village
  • Entry: Free
  • Highlights: Idyllic scenery, countryside bookstore
  • Suggested visit: 2–3 hours
  • Best time: March to November

Bishan Village has a history of over 1,400 years and used to be a thriving village. In the year of 2011, several artists set their base in Bishan and took efforts to reform the ancient village while keeping its original glory — to build the village into a rural utopia.

In Bishan, besides visiting the beautiful countryside scenery, you can see how the artists brought ancient buildings back to life. can visit a bookstore that used to be an ancestral hall or admire the exhibitions in a former marketing cooperative.

Try visiting Bishan Village with our A Rural Artistic Utopia — Bishan Escape Tour.

5. Nanping Village — a Labyrinth of Ancient Architecture

Nanping VillageNanping Village
  • Entry: 50 yuan (8 USD)
  • Highlights: historical and cultural sites, Hui cuisine, farming experience
  • Suggested visit: half a day
  • Best time: spring and fall

Nanping is a popular site for Chinese movie directors for its picturesque scenery and ancient architecture. Nanping is also known as “the museum of Chinese ancient ancestral halls”. Here you can also experience local farming, experience batik DIY, and taste the famous Hui cuisine.

Enjoy Nanping firsthand rural life with our Nanping Farming and Hui Cuisine Tour.

6. Tangyue Memorial Arches — "Gates of Virtue"

tangyue memorial archesTangyue Memorial Arches
  • Open: 7:30am–5:30pm
  • Entry: 100 yuan (16.5 USD)
  • Highlights: photography, hiking
  • Suggested visit: half a day
  • Best times: spring and fall

The Tangyue Memorial Arches are the largest collection of these tall Chinese-style stone gateway and roof structures in the world. The arches are made of stone alone, without any fixings, and each is named after a moral virtue. Half an hour from Huangshan city, but 1½ hours from Hongcun.

7. Tachuan Village — Autumnal Scenery

Tachuan villageTachuan Village
  • Open: 7:30am–5:30pm
  • Entry: 30 yuan (5 USD)
  • Highlights: photography, hiking, fall hues
  • Suggested visit: half a day
  • Best time: fall

Tachuan Village is a fall favorite. It is one of the best places to appreciate red leaves in China, alongside such greats as Jiuzhaigou in Sichuan, Kanas in Xinjiang, and Fragrant Hill Park in Beijing. It's only 2 km (1 mile) from Hongcun or about half an hour’s walk.

8. Wuyuan Village — Rape Blossoms in Spring

wuyuanWuyuan Village
  • Open: 8:00am–6:00pm in peak season (April–November); 8:00am–5:30pm in low season
  • Entry: 210 yuan (34 USD) includes 14 Wuyuan County attractions; valid for 5 days
  • Highlights: photography, yellow fields, hiking, rural architecture
  • Suggested visit: 1 day
  • Best time: March–April

Wuyuan Village is a well-preserved village of Anhui architecture. It's well known for its yellow seas of rape flowers, best seen during March and April. It's about 1½ hours' drive southwest of Huangshan.

9. Pingshan Village — Gorgeous Alleys

Pingshan Village, HuangshanGorgeous alleys in Pingshan Village, Huangshan

Pingshan Village, like Wuyuan, is surrounded by glowing yellow rape fields in spring.

But the best thing to do in Pingshan is take it easy and go for a stroll. Along the way, you'll find many art shops because, like Hongcun, the village is a popular spot for art students to practice their trade.

Wander across the little bridges, along canal-side paths, and down the gorgeous alleys to get an insight into daily life in a Chinese village. You'll come across some incredible buildings, including ancestral shrines that demonstrate the type of wealth families brought to the village.

White-washed walls and dramatic eaves are set to the backdrop of Huangshan's surrounding mountains — perfect for those into photography.

10. Jingdezhen — Capital of Porcelain

  • Open: 7:30am–5:30pm
  • Entry: 20 yuan (3.5 USD)
  • Highlights: porcelain exhibitions and history
  • Suggested visit: 1 day
  • Best time: all year round

Jingdezhen is the capital of porcelain. You can have a look at how porcelain is made, and experience making porcelains by yourself. It's about 2½ hours by bus or 3 hours by train southwest of Huangshan.

Touring Huangshan's Ancient Streets and Villages

hongcun villageReflecting Lake in front of Hong Village

Huangshan and its ancient villages and streets are popular, though those further down the list are quieter.

Chinese tour groups with noisy loud speakers frequent the area during high season. Schools and universities close for summer vacation in July, so there is an influx of families and young visitors eager to see the area until August. Yellow Mountains flights and hotel rooms are more expensive, and train tickets may be difficult to obtain. Make hotel reservations in advance during high season.

See our customizable itineraries for inspiration:

Also check out our Huangshan Spotlight Experiences for more you can explore in Huangshan.

Or contact us for a tailor-made Hongcun tour according to your interests and time constraints.

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