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Why Visit Xidi Ancient Village

Xidi Ancient Village is a well-preserved and time-honored ancient village in Huangshan City. In 2000, Xidi was declared a part of the “Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui” World Heritage Site by UNESCO, along with Hongcun Ancient Village.

In Xidi Ancient Village, there are still 300 ancient dwelling left from Ming and Qing Dynasties, among them, there are 124 well-preserved. Hence, it got a very beautiful name “Household in Peach Blossom Garden”.

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Location & Transportation

Xidi Ancient Village is located 9 km from Yixian County in Southeast of Anhui Province, about 54 km from Huangshan Tunxi downtown area, and 38 km from Mt. Huangshan Scenic Area. It is about 10 km from Hongcun Ancient Village.

Transfer to/off Xidi Ancient Village

Travelers can use our private service (including private car and private tour guide) with transfer to Xidi Ancient Village, as well as Hongcun Ancient Village for one-day trip. If you are independent travelers, you can visit Xidi by bus.

  • From Huangshan downtown area to Xidi: Sightseeing buses are available in Huangshan Bus Station. Buses run during 08:00~16:00 from Huangshan to Xidi. It takes about 1.5 hours. Or, travelers can take bus to Yixian first and take bus from Yixian Bus Station to Xidi.
  • From Tangkou (Mt. Huangshan) to Hongcun: There is a bus station located in Huangshan Mount Front Gate. Buses are available from Tangkou to Xidi at 10:00 and 15:30. It takes about 1 hour from Mt. Huangshan to Xidi. If you take taxi, it costs around 100 Yuan.
  • From Hongcun to Xidi: Travelers can take sightseeing bus at South Lake Parking Lot at 08:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00. It takes about 20 minutes from Hongcun to Xidi. Or, travelers can get on a bus at Laocunkou in Hongcun to Yixian County first and take bus from Yixian Bus Station to Xidi Ancient Village.
Map of Xidi Ancient Village Xidi Travel Map

History of Xidi Ancient Village

Xidi is a time-honored ancient village. It was first established in Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127 A.D.), with a history of 960 years. The village was originally called Xichuan, owning to the three streams flowing from east to west. The rise of Xidi Village was closely tied to the fortunes of the Hu Family, who was the offspring of the Emperor Li Ye in Tang Dynasty. By 1465, during the Ming Dynasty, Hu family had started in business as merchants, and they began to build many houses, ancestral halls, pathway, bridge, etc. In the middle of 17 century, some members in Hu Family sought for fortunes as officers and made the village developed. In the 18 century to 19 century in Qing Dynasty, Xidi had reached its highest height and splendor with 600 prosperous household at that time.

What to See in Xidi Ancient Village

Xidi Ancient Village is full of primitive simplicity and elegance. It is typical example of Anhui-style culture with exquisite three carvings architecture and cultural scenery. The street pattern is dominated by a main road which runs in an east-west direction and is flanked by two parallel streets. Getting into the village, you’ll see Lingyun Attic, Hu Wenguang’s Memorial Archway, Ruiyu Courtyard, Taoli Garden, East Garden, West Garden, Dafu Grand Hall, Jing’ai Hall, Lvfu Hall, Qingyun Pavilion, Yingfu Hall, Dujing Hall, Yanggao Hall, Shangde Hall, etc. Travelers follow the road to travel from west to east and you’ll explore all the essences of Xidi Ancient Village.

Hu Wenguang’s Memorial Archway

Governor Hu Wenguang’s Archway was erected at the entrance of the village and made of Yixian stone with grey color. Built in 1579 in Ming Dynasty, it has a history of 400 years. It was the treasure in Chinese stone architecture.

Zouma Building (Lingyun Attic)

Zouma Building, also called Lingyun Attic, was first built in Qing Dynasty in the reign of Daoguang Emperor. It was built for greeting the relatives of daughter-in-law. The present Zouma Building was rebuilt according to the original structure. Travelers can enjoy Huangmei Opera, Toss colorful balls, tea ceremony and other activities.

East Garden

The East Garden includes cool hall, main hall, and antechamber. The main hall is called Houguang Hall, used for welcome distinguished guests; antechamber is used for receive relatives and cool hall is used for the owner to study and learn.

West Garden

West Garden is divided into front garden, middle garden and rear garden. Entering the garden, you’ll have a feeling entering the classical Suzhou gardens with exquisite and elegant features. The architecture, stone carvings, rockeries, fish pond…will bring you to taste Hui-style culture.

Xidi Ancient Village Hu Wenguang’s Memorial Archway
Xidi Ancient Village Xidi Ancient Village
Xidi Ancient Village Xidi Ancient Village Panoramic View

Nearby Attractions

Hongcun Ancient Village

Hongcun Ancient Village, with a history of 900 years, is called an ancient village in Chinese paintings. Together with Xidi, Hongcun was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. The famous Oscar film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon framed several scenes in Hongcun. The main sights include South Lake, South Lake Academy, crescent-shaped Moon Pond, Chengzhi Hall, Jingde Hall, Lexu Hall, etc. It needs about 3 to 4 hours to visit Hongcun Ancient Village.

Yellow Mountain (Mt. Huangshan)

Yellow Mountain, also called Mt. Huangshan or Huangshan Mountain, was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. It is famous for the five wonders - odd-shaped pines, spectacular rocky peaks, sea of clouds, hot spring and winter snow. A visit to Yellow Mountain, you can also catch the best chance to watch sunrise, sunglow and sunset. Immerse yourselves in the fascinating scenery by exploring Beginning-to-believe Peak, Black Tiger Pine, Refreshing Terrace, A Monkey Gazing at the Sea of Clouds, Lion Peak, Purple Cloud Peak, Flying over Rock, Bright Summit, Xihai Grand Canyon, etc.

Hongcun Ancient Village Hongcun Ancient Village
Mt. Huangshan Mt. Huangshan

Useful Travel Tips

1. Photography Tips

Stroll in Xidi Ancient Village, traveler can shoot along the way. The subjects are various, like memorial archway, old house, wooden carvings, stone carvings, tile carvings, local people life, village scenery, etc. To shoot the panoramas of Xidi Ancient Village, travelers can go up the nearby hills.

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