Huangshan’s (the Yellow Mountain) sea of clouds billowing around pine trees and
precipitous rock peaks is considered the quintessence of Chinese landscape beauty.
Less well known is that the region around the mountain contains some of the most well
preserved ancient villages and towns in China.
First among equals is Hong Village (宏村). Flanked by the Yellow Mountain, on sunny
days, Hong Village offers sublime views that unveil like a slow-spreading landscape scroll,
in which the surrounding mountains, white walls and black tiles are reflected on the lake.
The picturesque setting and unchanged appearance of Hong Village has attracted filmmakers..
Hong Village’s cinematic qualities were recognised by director Ang Lee when he
chose the village as a location in his martial arts epic “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”
Hong Village’s star village attraction are the more than 140 well-preserved ancient
folk houses dating back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties This glorious architectural
legacy reflects the unsurpassed wealth of merchants of the Huizhou region. The 300
years from the late period of the Ming Dynasty to late period of the Qing Dynasty was
a time of great prosperity when Huizhou merchants were making major strides and
the numbers of high officials and erudite scholars were on the rise. It was customary
for those who had earned great achievements or made considerable fortunes abroad
to return home to raise family honor by setting up ancestral halls, building mansions,
digging ponds and drainages and paving roads.