Things to do in Huangshan

Want to return back to nature, far away from the hustle and bustle city life? Want to experience Huizhou culture in ancient villages?

Huangshan, as one of China’s natural and cultural museums, well known for breathtaking natural scenery and Hui-style architecture, surely have something to satisfy every interest. The top things to do in Huangshan including top attractions & featured activities like the “the most beautiful mountain under heaven” - Yellow Mountain,  the UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Hongcun & Xidi Ancient Village, the Hui-style building of Tunxi Ancient Street with a history of 900 years etc. are the Must-Do.

To make most use of your time and money, transfer to the nearby Mount Jiuhua, a famous sacred Buddhist mountain; Wuyuan, the most beautiful countryside in China, as well as the Porcelain Capital - Jingdezhen will be great.

Huangshan Attraction Map

Mt. Huangshan

No.1: Mt. Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)

Type: Mountains, National Parks, Geologic Formations, Lookouts

Recommended Length of Visit: 1-2 days

Mt. Huangshan(Yellow Mountain), a World Heritage Site of UNESCO, is the most beautiful & loveliest mountain in China. It is known for its “Four Wonders” – beautifully-shaped pines trees, fantastic rock peaks, sea of clouds and hot springs. Each vista is different and unique. Different season, different weather, different location, different angle, Yellow Mountain shows you different sceneries, just like watching ancient Chinese scroll paintings come to life! It is a wise choice to spend a night at the top for spectacular sunsets and sunrises.

Do bring your camera and get ready to feast your eyes, then “No mountain is worth seeing after a trip to Mt. Huangshan”.

Hongcun Ancient Village Hongcun Ancient Village

No.2: Hongcun Ancient Village

Type: Historic sites, Landmarks/ points of Interest

Recommended Length of Visit: 2 hours

Hongcun Ancient Village, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, can date back to 1131. Picturesquely ringed by mountains, it is known as “a village in the Chinese paintings.” The old village with Hui-style buildings is laid out the shape of a water-buffalo, and is watered by a network of canals that feed the Moon Pond and South Lake, representing the buffalos’ stomach, while the canals represent its intestines. The famous film “Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon” was made here.

Xidi Ancient Village Xidi Ancient Village

No.3: Xidi Ancient Village

Type: Historic sites, Landmarks/ points of Interest

Recommended Length of Visit: 2 hours

If Hongcun is famous for its water, Xidi Ancient Village should be proud of its buildings. It has a maze of lanes flanked by over 100 houses, dating mainly from the late Ming and early Qing eras. Some have charming courtyards, while their interiors are often decorated with carved wooden screens and panels. Some houses feature performance of local arts. Don't miss the magnificent memorial archway.

Tunxi Ancient Street

No.4: Tunxi Ancient Street

Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ points of Interest

Recommended Length of Visit: 2 hours

First built about 900 years ago, during Song Dynasty (960-1279), Tunxi Ancient Street is a 100% “old” street with well-preserved houses in Huizhou style. It was once called “the Eastern Ancient Rome” by an ancient Western-European architect. Strolling along this 1.5 kilometers long and 7 meter wide street, you could taste the delicious local snacks, purchase some souvenirs, antiques or knick-knacks in the shops, and sip the region’s special tea like Maofeng with hospitable locals…all are the finest experience in this ancient street.

Huizhou Ancient City

No.5: Huizhou Ancient City

Type: Ancient Ruins, Sights & Landmarks

Recommended Length of Visit: 3 hours

Huizhou Ancient City, located in the center of Shexian County, holds Huizhou State office which has a history of a thousand years. It is referred as one of Four Best-preserved Ancient Cities, together with Lijiang Ancient City in Yunnan, Pingyao Ancient City in Shanxi and Langzhong Ancient City in Sichuan. Local people also call it the Exhibition of Huizhou Culture for it remains its intact charm. In this charming town, the winding cobbled lanes will lead you to ancient residents’ dwellings and main buildings like theatrical stages, stone archways or teahouses. The imposing manner of these architectures which can date back to Ming and Qing Dynasties will give you a shot by its grandness, elegance and pristine beauty. What’s more, the white walls and black tiles with extremely exquisite carvings standing out in this town create an indescribable romantic charm.

Hu Kaiwen Ink-stick Factory

No.6: Hu Kaiwen Ink-stick Factory

Type: Ink-making Workshop, Historical Site

Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 hours

Have you ever heard about the Chinese scholar's four jewels (writing brush, ink stick, ink slab and paper)? The Huizhou ink is famous at home and aboard for its exquisite craftsmanship.

Today this rare-to-see skill can be shown at Hu Kaiwen Ink-stick Factory, where visitors can see the whole working process of ink sticks, including material selection, soot making, glue adding, mixing, shaping, drying, polishing and decoration. Walking into this old factory of over 200 years, you can not only experience the art of Hui Ink, but also see the culture of traditional Chinese academy. For some calligraphy lovers, there are some shops to sell different kinds of material and tools. Or you can just purchase an ink stick or two as souvenirs.

Shexian Tangyue Memorial Arches

No.7: Shexian Tangyue Memorial Arches

Type: Historic Sites

Recommended Length of Visit: 2 hours

Located in Tangyue village in the Shexian County, with 26 km away from Tunxi, Tangyue Memorial Arches is composed of seven arches, three of them from Ming dynasty and the other four are built in Qing dynasty. Constructed from good green stones without any nails, the structure presents magnificent skills and numerous Hui style carvings in the pillar. What’s more, all arches illustrate the loyalty, filial piety, chastity of women and righteousness by the meaningful stories behind.

Nearby the arches, there are two ancestral halls: the Qingyi Ancestral Temple and the Dunben Ancestral Temple. The former temple is the one only serves for women in China, built in Qing dynasty when women are not allowed to enter ancestral hall. This temple made a great influence on women’s esteem in ancient times.

Chengkan Village

No.8: Chengkan Village

Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Village

Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 hours

With half hour’s driving from Tunxi, Chengkan Village is another ancient site featured Hui style houses of white wall and gray tiles tracing back to Ming Dynasty in Huizhou district of Huangshan city. Surrounded by clean streams and eight mountains in eight directions, Chengkan is also named as "the Eight Diagrams". With such an exquisite layout and ancient architectures of pavilions, houses, bridges, wells, ancestral temples and more, Chenkan village is really a fascinating place to see how architecture complex mixed with nature.

Compare with Xidi and Hongcun villages, Chengkan is undeveloped and less known to outside, because of this, it has more rural and idyllic atmosphere for tourists to experience the pristine Hui style buildings.

Tachuan Village

No.9: Tachuan Village

Type: Nature & Wildlife, Ancient Village & Parks

Recommended Length of Visit: 1 ~ 2 hours

Tachuan Village, also called Tashang, is a peaceful village located in Hongcun Town. It is a wonderful painting and photographing site attracting many tourists.

In the morning, Tachuan Village presents its most beautiful view. A thin mist clings around the small village and the farmhouses are looming in the mist. When one looks down at the village in the spring, it is set amidst the mountains, water and loads of blooming bright yellow canola flowers. When the autumn comes, the leaves turn to yellow, orange and red, shaping a colorful picture of idyllic scenes. There are also some featured local snacks, like mandarin fish, tofu, and baked wheat cake with crab roe...

Sera Monastery

No.10: Xin’an River

Type: Bodies of wate

Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 hours

Reputed as Gallery of Water and Mountains, Xin’an River stretches 200km long, showing her fascinating beauty by linking Mt. Huangshan. The splendid landscape in Xin’an River brings you into a Utopian world. There are two good ways to appreciate the beauty in Xin’an River: cruising & hiking. Cruising on the river, you could see old houses of Hui-style with white all and grey tiles standing on both sides. While hiking through the countryside is without doubt a wonderful choice for relaxation and an escape from the hustle and bustle of modern.

China Huizhou Culture Museum

No.11: China Huizhou Culture Museum

Type: Cultural Site

Recommended Length of Visit: 2 hours

As the second largest comprehensive museum in Anhui Province, Huizhou Culture Museum is also the only museum of China to fully reflect the theme of Huizhou culture.

Located in the south side of Tunxi Airport, this museum is a multi-functional building of typical local architectural styles, covering an area of 14,000 square meters. Based on the Huizhou culture, the museum has many distinctive collections over hundred years ago, most related to literature, painting, sculpture and some relics left by famous historical people.

Today, the Huizhou Culture Museum is free to open for tourists to know the local culture of Huizhou and the men of Huizhou in ancient times. Don’t miss out this site if you are interested in the past of Huizhou.

Qiyun Mountain

No.12: Qiyun Mountain

Type: Mountains, Nature & Parks

Recommended Length of Visit: 1 ~ 2 days

With an area of 110 square meters and a hitory of over 1,200 years, Qiyun Mountain is a picturesque mountain with its peaks, cliffs, caves, streams and springs. Emperor Qianlong of Qing Dynasty once said that Qiyun Mountain is the unparalleled wonderland and the most famous mountain in the south area of the Yangtze River.

For its geographical characteristics of Lanxia landform, various peak, strange caves, flowing streams and clean lakes came into being. Apart from its natural beauty, Qiyun Mountain also features in its Taoist Culture. There are several ancient Taoist buildings as well as some Taoist paintings, stone carvings and tablets survived. As a result, it is referred as one of the Four Great Taoist Mountains and Small Wudang Mountain.

Bao’s Family Garden

No.13: Bao’s Family Garden (Baojia Garden)

Type: Historic Sites, Bonsais Garden

Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hour

Close to the Tangyue Archway Complex, Bao’s Family Garden once was a private garden of Bao's family during the Ming and Qing dynasties, now it’s a largest bonsais garden with nearly 10,000 delicate and rare potted plants. Entering inside, you can enjoy the largest bonsai in China with mountains, rivers, trees and stones decorated along the road and experience the masterpiece of Hui style architecture.

Recommended Huangshan Tours

Top 3 Huangshan tours chosen by most customers to explore Huangshan in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary, or tailor your own trip now with us.

Mt. Huang Tourists Taking Pictures
3 Days Huangshan Highlights Tour

Yellow Mountain

4 Days Best Huangshan Tour with Hongcun & Xidi Ancient Villages

Yellow Mountain / Hongcun / Xidi

Huangshan Hiker Group
4 Days Huangshan & West Sea Grand Canyon In-depth Hiking Tour


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