Anhui architecture shows glamor of history


Anhui architecture shows glamor of history

Nanhu Lake in Hongcun village at the foot of Mount Huangshan. — Hongcun village, a 900-year-old settlement located at the foot of Mount Huangshan, boasts typical Anhui-style architecture and carvings that are said to be among the best-preserved of their kind in China. The village became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
Seen from above, the village resembles an ox with a nearby hill as its head and two trees as its horns. Buildings in the village form its body while four bridges that span Jiyin stream constitute its legs. The opening scene from Oscar-winning director Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was partially filmed on one of the bridges.
Hongcun once housed 150 families and ranked as one of the most affluent villages in ancient China. Nearly all of the men were Hui [db:内容2]