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Huangshan Tunxi Old Street Introduction


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Huizhou is the former name of Huangshan with a long history and splendid culture since Tang and Song Dynasties. Tunxi Old Street is a typical heritage site in traditional district of Huizhou, and showcases the history of Huizhou. It is really the essence of Huangshan except the villages and mountains. Tunxi Old Street boasts the floating painting of Along the River During the Qingming Festival (清明上河图).With a centuries-old history dating back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279), Tunxi Old Street is one of China's best-preserved commercial streets and features the architectural styles of the Southern Song, Ming (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasties (1644-1911). It has a total length of 832 meters and a width of 5-8 meters. Currently, it is a national key cultural site under the state’s protection, and listed as the famous cultural and historic street of China.

Located in the center district of the Tunxi area in Huangshan city, the Tunxi Old Street is surrounded by green hills and blue waters, with its north is green Huashan Mountain for four seasons and south is year-round-blue Anxin River. The special teahouse, wine houses, story-telling houses, ink houses in the Tunxi Old Street has attracted numerous tourists from home and abroad for sightseeing and shopping. As the only national history protection block in China, it attracts nearly 6 million tourists from home and abroad every year. The building groups there not only come down the style of the Song Dynasty, but also inherit the traditional architectural style and planning layout of the Huizhou dwellings with the bright characteristic of the Hui style architecture: white wall, Chinese-style tile, rows of horse-head walls, quietly elegant of primitive simplicity. Street buildings there mostly are front shops and back lanes, front shops and back storehouses, front shops and back dwellings, which show the charm of the Jiangnan ancient towns. The street developed into the distribution center for materials in and out of Anhui in the Qing Dynasty. Walking along the street, you will also find the Tunxi Old Street narrow and deep with its pavement is all maroon hemp tablets. Visitors today can still find many old and famous shops on Tunxi Old Street, such as Tongderen, a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) shop with a history of more than 120 years. The area is a distribution point for the world-famous Qimen black tea and Tunxi green tea, and there are many teahouses, wine shops, bookshops and ink shops along the street. The Tunxi Old Street is not only intact, but also well scaled. It is the important symbol of the business street in Huizhou. In addition, the advantage of neighboring the Yellow Mountain makes the Tunxi Old Street the most important cultural supplement products of the Yellow Mountain. Appreciating the ancient buildings with the styles and characteristics of local-style dwelling houses in Song dynasty, you trip there will be fantastic!

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The Night View of Tunxi Old Street, Huangshan

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