Tunxi Ancient Street
For people who love Chinese paintings, the famous painting, Riverside Scene on the Pure Brightness Festival, must be a way to learn about the Chinese art, because it describes the most prosperous scene of the ancient China. While, Tunxi ancient town is praised as the real scene of that painting. From which, can you tell how wonderful this ancient town is?
It is the best-preserved commercial street with the styles of Song, Ming and Qing Dynasty. The architectures around the old town are not too large but exquisite in designs. The white walls and blue Chinese-style tiles of the orderly located buildings are giving out a strong breath of elegance and antique. The Hui-style gates with delicate wooden carving on can be one of the symbols.
Built in Song dynasty, about 700 years ago, Tunxi Ancient Street, became a distribution center for goods and materials to Huizhou during Ming and Qing dynasties. With shops, it looks densely and compactly. The shops, workshops and residences form an organic whole, keeping the characteristic and operation layout of ancient store. They are simple and elegant, magnificent and clean. The lane along the old town is paved with red flagstones. With clear grain after a rain, it is as clean as a picture. Whether you are wandering along the old bridge, visiting the fish beside the river, finding shoots of bamboo on the slope, or standing under a tree and listening to the birds whistle, it is easy to rest and attain mental tranquility by getting back to the nature.
With the mountain in the north and the clear stream in the south, this ancient town possesses an advantaged location, making itself a wonderful place throughout the ages. It should be a good choice to come here for the exploration of the Chinese Ancient culture and customs.
Opening Hours: the whole day
Ticket Price: free
Location: Tunxi Zone, Huangshan City, Anhui Province
Transportation: Bus No. 1 and 12 from Huangshan City will bring you here