Hongcun Village

Hongcun Village lies in Yixian County, set against the extending part of the Yellow Mountain. This village is a key historical monument under state protection, a historic and cultural village of China, and one of China’s top 10 most beautiful villages. In 2000, it together with Xidi Village, was included in the World Heritage List by the UNESCO.

Hongcun Village China

 The construction of Hongcun Village began in the southern Song Dynasty (1127 – 1279). Now the village contains 140 ancient buildings of the 14th to 19th century. Its water-supply system is quite unique, environmentally-friendly and surprisingly well-preserved. The village, which is regarded as having being built according to the principle of bionics, is in the shape of cattle: the mountain, by which the village stands, is the head; the trees on it are the horns; the bridges are the four hoofs; and the houses themselves constitute the body. It is indubitably a wonder among World Cultural Heritage sites. Due to such a scientific design, the local villagers are able to enjoy many conveniences in their daily lives. More importantly, a hardly-won harmony between man and nature has been realized here, and as a result the whole community seems to be brimming with life. This is why Hongcun Village is much more popular than its counterparts.

Hongcun Village Huangshan China

Hongcun Village in Huangshan China


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