Attractions

Village in Túnxī

Chéngkǎn

Chéngkǎn is a photogenic village, with arched bridges over waterways cloaked with lilies, that hasn't yet been completely restored: buildings are in various states of repair and its visitors are far fewer than those…
Monument in Shèxiàn

Tángyuè Memorial Archways

Over generations, the Bao (鲍) family constructed these seven carved stone páifāng (牌坊; memorial arches), stretching east to west in the fields outside their village, to consecrate their ancestors for feats of servic…
Historic Building in Píngshān

Yīxiàn Xiùlǐ Cinema Village

Xiùlǐ, which opened in 2007, is a collection of 100-plus historic structures from around Yīxiàn County, left in ruins because their owners couldn't afford to maintain them. Here they've been restored and given new l…
Village in Xīdì

Nánpíng

Labyrinthine Nánpíng has a history of more than 1100 years. However, it's relatively recent history that draws most visitors, particularly film fans: much of Zhang Yimou’s 1989 tragedy Judou was filmed inside the vi…
Mountain in Túnxī

Qíyún Shān

Qíyún Shān means 'mountain as high as the clouds' and it's an apt description: though not actually that high (just 585m) its peaks do pierce the low-lying, ghostly puffs of mist that regularly envelop the region. Lo…
Village in Shèxiàn

Tángmó

Tángmó, a narrow village stretching along a central canal, is usually uncrowded, though it's by no means uninteresting. According to village lore, the original Tang dynasty settlers planted two ginkgo trees: only on…
Village in Shèxiàn

Huīzhōu Old Town

The entrance to the old town is marked by Yánghé Mén (阳和门), a double-eaved, wooden gate tower that dates to the Song dynasty. To the left are two stone xièzhì (獬豸; a legendary beast) and straight ahead, the main att…
Village in Xīdì

Guānlù

This small village’s drawcard sights are the extravagant households (八大家; bādàjiā) of eight rich brothers. Each Qing-dynasty residence shares similar elegant Huīzhōu features, with interior courtyards, carved wood p…
Buddhist Temple in Jiǔhuá Shān

Bǎisuì Gōng

A 30-minute hike up the ridge behind Zhīyuán Temple leads you to Bǎisuì Gōng, an active temple built into the cliff in 1630 to consecrate the Buddhist monk Wu Xia, whose shrunken, embalmed body is coated in gold and…
Village in Shèxiàn

Yúliáng

Little-visited Yúliáng is a historic riverine port village on the Liàn River (练江; Liàn Jiāng). The cobbled and picturesque alley of Yuliang Jie (渔梁街) houses former transfer stations for the wood, salt and tea that p…