Top things to do

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 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…
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…
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 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…
Huizhou in Túnxī

Měishí Rénjiā

Měishí Rénjiā is designed to please everyone: if you want to dig in deep on local specialities, you can find chòu guìyú (臭鳜鱼; fermented mandarin fish; ¥108) here. If you just want something light and cheap, you can …