Thursday, April 28, 2011

China - Hongcun Yixian, Anhui (Qing dynasty)

 China - Hongcun Yixian, Anhui (Qing dynasty)

postmarked in 2011 with 4 China stamps

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Hongcun is a village in Yi County county, Anhui Province, People's Republic of China, near the southwest slope of Mount Huangshan.

The village is arranged in the shape of an ox with the nearby hill (Leigang Hill) interpreted as the head, and two trees standing on it as the horns. Four bridges across the Jiyin stream can be seen as the legs whilst the houses of the village form the body. Inside the “body”, the Jiyin stream represents the intestines and various lakes such as the “South Lake” (Nanhu) form the other internal organs.

The architecture and carvings of the approximately 150 residences dating back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties are said to be among the best of their kind in China.

The village became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.

Scenes from the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon were filmed on location in Hongcun, leading to a dramatic increase in tourism.


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