Hóngcūn (宏村; ¥104; 7am to 5.30pm), a Unesco World Heritage Site, is the most-visited of the Huīzhōu villages. It is a standout example of ancient feng shui planning, a perfect marriage of symbolism and function, predicated on a sophisticated network of waterways. Founded in the Song dynasty, the village was remodelled in the Ming dynasty by village elders, under the direction of a geomancer, to suggest an ox; its still-functioning waterway system represents the animal's entrails.
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