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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui - Xidi and Hongcun, China

[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] Xidi and Hongcun are two traditional villages in the southern part of Anhui Province, China. They are two rare examples of non-urban settlements that have largely disappeared or have been transformed by urban development of the last century. The well-preserved villages with their street plan, architecture and decoration provide a glimpse into the feudal period of Chinese society, a reflection of the socio-economic structure of a long-lived settled period of Chinese history.


Archway in Xidi, China
Archway in Xidi, China
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Xidi and Hongcun were inscribed as World Heritage Sites during the 24th session of the World Heritage Committee when it met in Cairns, Australia, from 27 November to 2 December, 2000. In recognising the value of Xidi and Hongcun, the World Heritage Committee also recommends that the Chinese Government take steps to nominate other historic villages in Southern Anhui to extend the inscribed site.


Old houses in Hongcun, China
Old houses in Hongcun, China
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Hongcun village, China
Hongcun village, China
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authorshipUdo Schoene
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 29 54 16 E 117 59 15 in Yi County, Huangshan City, Anhui Province, China
Inscription Year: 2000
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: III, IV, V

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Visiting Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui - Xidi and Hongcun

The best time to visit Anhui is during the fall/autumn, between September to November, and spring, between April and June. Your base for visiting Xidi and Hongcun is the city of Yixian. Hongcun is 11 km to the northeast of Yixian while Xidi is 5 km to the north of Yixian. You will need to take a minibus from Yixian to Xidi and Hongcun.

To reach Yixian, there are minibuses from the next big city, Tunxi. There arfe flights to Tunxi from main cities in China.

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