Top ChoiceVillage in Tunxi

Chengkan

Designed around the bāguà, the eight trigrams of the I Ching, which match up with eight surrounding hills, Chengkan is a highly photogenic village that hasn't yet been completely restored, with arched bridges...

Top ChoiceFood & Drinks in Tunxi

Xie Yu Da Tea

Old St is lined with tea shops but Xie Yu Da Tea is the real deal, founded by Xie Zhengan (1838–1910), the man who first marketed Huangshan's now famous máofēng (毛峰) tea. Literally 'fur peak', the subtle,...

Top ChoiceHuizhou in Tunxi

Lǎo Jiē Yīlóu Shíyè

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

Top ChoiceDumplings in Tunxi

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...

Village in Tunxi

Zhaji

Stuffed with old stone bridges and creaking, white-washed ancient buildings, the charming, very pretty and large village of Zhaji dates originally back to the Sui and Tang dynasties, though most of the structures...

Monument in Shexian

Tangyue 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...

Mountain in Tunxi

Qiyun Shan

Qiyun Shan 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....

Village in Shexian

Tangmo

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

Village in Shexian

Huizhou Old Town

The entrance to the old town is marked by Yanghe Gate (阳和门, Yánghé Mén), a double-eaved, wooden gate tower that dates from the Song dynasty. To the left are two stone xièzhì (獬豸, a legendary beast) and straight...

Village in Shexian

Yuliang

Little-visited Yulang is a historic riverine port village on the Lian 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...

Huizhou in Tunxi

Měishí Rénjiā

Crowd-pleasing Měishí Rénjiā has something for everyone: if you want to dig in deep on local specialities, you can find chòu guìyú (臭鳜鱼, fermented mandarin fish; ¥118). If you just want something light and cheap,...

Museum in Tunxi

Wancuilou Museum

This fascinating private collection of ceramics, painted scrolls and religious carvings is displayed as they were meant to be – in the halls of a wealthy merchant's house. The house itself, three storeys high,...

Huizhou in Tunxi

Tóngjùlóu Huīcaì

With a corner positioning at the heart of Lao Jie, this 90-year-old restaurant is a fun place to sample Huizhou cuisine. Various stews and dishes of braised meat are arranged in claypots, so take a look and see...

Street in Tunxi

Tunxi Old Street

Running a block in from the river, Old St is lined with restored Ming-style Huizhou buildings. It's definitely touristy – every block is a repetitive loop of tea shops and snack vendors – but it's pretty...