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Top Choice Food & Drinks in Túnxī

Xiè Yù Dà Tea

Old St is lined with tea shops but Xiè Yù Dà Tea is the real deal, founded by Xie Zhengan (1838–1910) – the man who first marketed Huángshān's now famous máofēng (毛峰) tea. Literally 'fur peak', the subtle, slightly …
Top Choice Huizhou in Túnxī

Lao Jie Yīlóu Shíyè

Considered the best restaurant on Old St, this is the place to splash out on Huīzhōu delicacies, like tiánluó (田螺; pond snails), here braised in a plate-licking concoction of soy sauce and spices. Also excellent is …
Top Choice Vegetarian in Jiǔhuá Shān

Qíyuán Vegetarian

Come here to sample (and study: the picture menu is well translated) the exotic edible fungi, shoots and roots of the mountain. Dishes range from humble Chinese chestnuts flavoured with osmanthus (a flowering shrub;…
Top Choice Dumplings in Túnxī

Gāotāng Húndūn

Duck down a little alley opposite 120 Lao Jie for what is essentially an ancient food cart inside an even more ancient Qing dynasty home – run by a 12th-generation húndūn (wonton) seller and his family. The speciali…
Mountain in Ānhuī

Huángshān

When its granite peaks and twisted pines are wreathed in spectral folds of mist, Huángshān’s (黄山) idyllic views easily nudge it into the select company of China’s top 10, nay, top five, sights. The summit's huge net…
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…
Mountain in Ānhuī

Jiǔhuá Shān

The Tang-dynasty Buddhists who determined Jiǔhuá Mountain (九华山; Jiǔhuá Shān; Nine Lotus Mountain) to be the earthly abode of the Bodhisattva Dizang (Ksitigarbha), Lord of the Underworld, chose well. Often shrouded i…
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…