Last weekend, Marc and I decided to get away from the city for awhile and breathe some fresh mountain air. So, we hopped on a bus which took us four hours south of
to wonderful (locals also call it
Tunxi, its original name). This quaint and beautiful mountain city which is
located in the southernmost point of Anhui province is known for two UNESCO
World Heritage Sites: Mount
Huangshan (which means “ Huangshan
Mountain” in English) and Hongcun
and Xidi, the ancient villages of Southern Anhui.
|View from the my window on the bus as we near Huangshan City|
A photo of Mount Huangshan
Ink painting showing Huangshan by painter Shitao circa 1670
Ironically, we actually didn’t get to go to any of these sites because we found out a little too late that although both sites surround the geographic expanse of the city, getting to them would take another 1-2 hour bus ride being 50-80 kilometers away from the city proper. The mountain is also best explored for at least 2-3 days because of its immensity and it is best to book tour packages or stay in one of the hotels located on the mountain. Since we were only staying 2 nights in Huangshan City and didn’t book any tour or tour guide for any of these sites, we decided to leave them for another trip and to just relax and enjoy the beautiful city of Huangshan and its one other famous attraction located right in the heart of its downtown area: The Old Town, also known as Tunxi Ancient Street or Song Street.
|Me in front of The Old Gate at Tunxi Ancient Street|
The street’s centuries-old history goes back all the way to the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279). At that time, many architects and workmen from Tunxi lived in the city of
Hangzhou (the Song Dynasty capital), and upon
returning home copied the structural style and architecture in the big city,
and so Tunxi Ancient Street
By the time of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644),
Tunxi Ancient Street
street had 47 stores with shops on both sides of the street featuring the local
of stone base, brick construction and tile roof. Nowadays, the street is also
used as a natural studio for films and period TV series in China.
|An ancient Chinese medicine store where you can buy herbs|
for any ailment
|Paint brushes and paintings on scrolls depicting Huangshan mountain|
|I loved this awesome stationery store|
with cute cards and notebooks.
|After walking for some time, this cute coffee shop|
called Sweet Time Coffee enticed us to stop by.
|The perfect shopping ender|
which for sure they never made back then:
a great Banana Mango Milkshake!