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Anhui is located in the inland of China’s Southeast. It has several travel attractions such as beautiful ancient stone villages along the banks of the Yangtze River, former residences of local Anhui merchants, and impressive mountains.
The Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) is one of the most renowned mountains in China. Its spectacular peaks, surrounded by clouds and trees, made it achieve World Heritage Site status. To enjoy the sun rising on the top of Huangshan is a breathtaking and inspiring experience. Also the Mount Jiuhua, one of the four famous Buddhis tMountains, and the Mount Tian Zhu are well-known scenic spots.
In Southern Anhui, there are well-preserved ancient villages, derived from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, like Xidi, Hongcun and Yixian. In Shexiang County, reputed as Town of Arches, you still can find fine examples of residential architecture of this period and the unique Tangyue Memorial Archway.


Huangshan Mountain, is located south the Chinese Anhui Province, is the Chinese Nanling sierra the part, entire mountain area approximately 1,200 square kilometers. The Huangshan Mountain mountain system center-section, is Huangshan Mountain's essence are partial, also Huangshan Mountain scenic spot which must tour on us, area approximately 154 square kilometers. It within the boundaries of Huangshan Mountain city, south neighbour She county, Huizhou area, Xiuning County and Yi Xian, north continually yellow mountainous area; These five counties, the area also all belong to the Huangshan Mountain city jurisdiction. 
Huangshan Mountain in Chinese Tang Dynasty before is called the mountain, is the black appearance, because on the mountain the rock blue black is blue black, the ancient gives it such name. The fable we Chinese race's ancestor shaft Yellow Emperor in completes the area south of Yellow River to unify after industry, founds the Chinese civilization, arrives here to pick the medicine to build up Dan, takes a bath in the hot spring, thus obtains enlightenment the immortal. Tang Dynasty renowned Emperor Ming Huangli the prosperous base extremely will believe this view, (747 years) has gotten down together the imperial edict in six years, the mountain will change name Huangshan Mountain. The meaning is, this mountain is Yellow Emperor's mountain. From then on, HuangshanMountainthis name one until now. 

Jiuhua Mountain

Jiuhua Mountain, known as a Buddhist wonderland and famous for its large number of temples and beautiful scenery, has been a resplendent pearl of Chinese cultural heritage. Jiuhua Mountainwas formed in the late Cenozoic Era, and Buddhism began in the Northern and Southern Dynasties (420-589) at the mountain. According to historical records, a monk named Fuhu built Fuhu Convent in 503; Monk Tanhao practised Buddhism here in 713; During 713-755, Jin Qiaojue, a Korean aristocrat, came toJiuhua Mountainand lived in a stone cave at Dongya Peak. His hard practice moved the local people, and they contributed money to build a temple for him. In 781 the local official Zhang Yan presented a memorial to the emperor for the horizontal inscribed board "Huacheng". Upon Jin Qiaojue's nirvana, it was said that the mountain roared, birds and monkeys cried, and the earth gave out fire and light. His body kept lively three years later, so he was respected as the Earth Buddha, wrapped with earth and has been preserved to present. Roushen Pagoda was built to revere him, and thus Jiuhua Mountain has become the place where Earth Buddhist rites are performed. The history of Buddhism at Jiuhua Mountain can be divided into five periods: founded in the middle of Tang Dynasty ; decayed from the late Tang Dynasty to the Five Dynasties; slowly developed in the Song and Yuan Dynasties; and greatly developed in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. In the Ming Dynasty, the emperors granted money to rebuild HuachengTemple for three times and two emperors bestowed inscriptions. The number of temples and nunneries was over a hundred, and many monks and nuns came. It was listed as one of the four famous Buddhist mountains, besides Wutai Mountain, Emei Mountain, and Putuo Mountain.

Hongcun Village

In Southern Anhui near Mount Huangshan are preserved to a remarkable extent the appearance of non-urban settlements of a type that largely disappeared or was transformed during the last century. Their street plan, their architecture and decoration, and the integration of houses with comprehensive water systems are unique surviving examples.

Hongcun Village is about 11 km from the county town of Yixian County. The whole village was originally laid out in the shape of an ox. The west end of the village, called Leigang Hill, resembles an ox head and that is where two huge trees stand like ox horns. At the front and rear of the village are four bridges that span a Jiyin stream and resemble four legs of the ox. The several hundred well-arranged houses form the body of the ox (They have been referred to as museum of Mingand Qing residential houses in China), and the 1,000-meter-long Jiyin stream that meanders through the village is regarded as its intestines. A crescent pond in the village is the ox's fourth stomach, and a larger South Lake is its reticulum, the second stomach. The villagers of Hongcun long ago designed this marvelous landscape.  Because of this extraordinary feature of the village, Hongcun Villagewas added to the list of the World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in late 2000. It is also the location for the famous prize film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”.

All the buildings follow local architectural style, have exquisite carvings and are magnificent symbols of its time.
The village has nice scenery - simple but elegant, a fine mixture of old houses, green hills and clear creeks.

Lexu Hall: It's also called the Zhongjia Hall. It's the ancestral temples of Wang family. It lies in the center of the north bank of the Moon Pond. The Lexu Hall and the Moon Pond were all built in the Yongle period of the Ming Dynasty. It has always been the place where Wang family offer sacrifice to their ancestors, celebrate and meet. The Lexu Hall is composed of three parts- gate tower, hall and ancestral temples. There used to be a tower at the back of the main hall. The brick carvings on the gate, wall and torii are very exquisite.

The Southern Lake: The Southern Lake is located in the due south of Hongcun. It was built in the Wanli period of the Ming Dynasty (AD.1607).It's a man-made lake, covering an area of 20,000 hectares. The whole surface of the lake assumes the shape of a huge bow. The bank of the lake located in the back of the bow can be divided into two layers. The upper is about several Zhangs (unit of length) wide, which is floored with slates and cobblestones. The lower is planted with poplar and willows. The Southern Lake Academy, the Yuwei Study of the Qing Dynasty and long lines of folk houses are located in the bowstring part.

Moon Lake: The Moon Lake has a history of 500-600 years. Originally, it's an active fountain. Spring issues forth continuously all year around. Until now, people still can see ducks play in the pond, breeze sweeps and wisps of smoke curl in the air.

Chengzhi Hall: It's the provincial level key unit for cultural relics protection, located in the middle section of the canal. It was built in the 5th year of the Xianfeng period of the Qing dynasty. It's the house of Wandinggui, who was a great salt businessman in the later Qing dynasty ofChina. The Chengzhi Hall is vast and majestic. The structure design is perfect. It's well built and equipped. There are 7 floors, 9 dooryards, more than 60 rooms and 132 wooden pillars. The hall is mainly built with brick and wood, decorated with three kinds of exquisitely engraved things (stone, brick and wood). It's the classical work of old folk house ofSouth Anhui.

Biyuan: The Biyuan waterside pavilion is near the canals of Hongcun. It was built in the end of the Ming dynasty, but then destroyed. It was rebuilt in the 15th year of the Daoguang period of the Qing dynasty (AD1825). It covers an area of 278 square meters and structural area is 256 square meters. It's one representative of structure with waterside pavilion of the Qing dynasty in Hongcun.

Tianzhu Mountain

Tianzhu Mountain peak is around more than 40 blocks Qunfeng arch surround the ring, the peak of potential hidden people may not easily see each other, it also Tianzhu Mountain called "Buried Hill." BuriedHillCountyunder theAnqingCity, 57 million people, with an area of 1,686 square kilometers, is a "seven mountains two hours, a water fields" Hill district.CantonDabieMountainranges of the Northwest, more than 1,732, Youheshenjian, sinister environment created in the natural scenery-lai.TianzhuMountainpeak elevation of 1,488 meters, the majestic Qiaobo such as "get in a column." Tianzhu scenery, Xiongqi scenery, the ancient Chinese history and culture is famous. Travel natural scenery and rich cultural landscape, the main scenic area of 82.46 square kilometers area of 333 square kilometers. In 1982 the State Council was announced as the first batch of national key scenic spots, in 1992 as a national forest park in 2000 were assessed for the state4a- class tourist area and the National Forest Park civilization. In 2003 the most respected netizens "Chinese famous 10" selected activities, theTianzhuMountainlisted in the "top 10 Chinese famous" sixth.CountyTianzhufengstill higher than thePurpleMountain, elevation 1,539 meters, is the thirdDabieMountainpeak. High mountains long, Chungho Habitat You Buried Hill County is the portrayal of the ecological environment. Here the water and air quality are first-class, tourists friends, the buried hills, the green bank into a major natural Oxygen-bar!