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Traversing Tibet (2 galleries) | Beijing, 'Northern Capital' | Shanghai, 2013 | Historic villages of Huizhou, 2013 | Chengdu, Sichuan, 2013 | Bamboo Sea, Sichuan, 2013 | Henan, northern China, 2008 | Shanxi, northern China, 2008

Historic villages of Huizhou, 2013

Together with my brother, a frequent visitor to China who speaks Mandarin and a fellow pBase member, I travelled west from Shanghai to the heritage villages of the Huizhou ("Hui Jo") region of Anhui province, centred around the city of Huangshan or Tunxi.

Hongcun ("Hongtsoon") was our first village and, alongside Xidi, the most affected by tourism. Many buildings now house smart cafes, guesthouses or gift stores. Nanping, in contrast, proved very largely unaffected, apart from the art students encountered at every turn. Apart from some ambitious but unfinished developments on its outskirts, Tangmo ("Tangmor") also offers glimpses of traditional village life, and also enjoys a particularly attractive riverfront setting. Xidi ("Shidi") is once again a well-developed visitor destination, whilst Cengkan now seems most memorable for its perfectly-framed vistas. Read more on my blog.

These images were taken with Nikon D300 using RAW format, and are available for licensing. Please visit www.travelgame.org.






Hongcun nestles beside a picturesque waterway
Hongcun nestles beside a picturesque waterway
A moon-shaped lake at the heart of  Hongcun
A moon-shaped lake at the heart of Hongcun
Entering the village
Entering the village
Art students sketching
Art students sketching
Art students, again
Art students, again
Students love to pose with the laowai
Students love to pose with the laowai
Village life continues, regardless of outsiders
Village life continues, regardless of outsiders
Entrance to one of many 'ancestral halls' or shrines
Entrance to one of many 'ancestral halls' or shrines
Entering an ancestral hall
Entering an ancestral hall
Interior of an ancestral hall
Interior of an ancestral hall
Some of the ubiquitous art students
Some of the ubiquitous art students
Taste treats simmering
Taste treats simmering
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Nanping remains an unselfconscious jumble of  whitewashed homes
Nanping remains an unselfconscious jumble of whitewashed homes
Nanping
Nanping
Nanping: imposing gateways at every turn
Nanping: imposing gateways at every turn
Culinary entrepreneur, Nanping
Culinary entrepreneur, Nanping
Nanping women at ease
Nanping women at ease
A fine ancestral hall, Nanping
A fine ancestral hall, Nanping
Nanping: narrow alleyways
Nanping: narrow alleyways
Nanping: carved wooden blocks
Nanping: carved wooden blocks
Nanping: a rustic home on the village outskirts
Nanping: a rustic home on the village outskirts
Looking down on Tachuan village
Looking down on Tachuan village
Tachuan
Tachuan
Tangmo's riverside setting
Tangmo's riverside setting
It's all water under the bridge... at Tangmo
It's all water under the bridge... at Tangmo
Tangmo
Tangmo
Gateway, Tangmo
Gateway, Tangmo
Gaoyang Covered Bridge at Tangmo
Gaoyang Covered Bridge at Tangmo
Teahouse within the Gaoyang covered bridge at Tangmo
Teahouse within the Gaoyang covered bridge at Tangmo
Tangmo: village life goes on
Tangmo: village life goes on
Tangmo: the handyman
Tangmo: the handyman
Tangmo: tourists or not, life goes on
Tangmo: tourists or not, life goes on
Tangmo: life goes on
Tangmo: life goes on
Tangmo: village woman
Tangmo: village woman
Tangmo: entrance to an ancestral hall
Tangmo: entrance to an ancestral hall
Tangmo: detail of an ancestral hall ceiling
Tangmo: detail of an ancestral hall ceiling
Tangmo: portrait of an ancestor
Tangmo: portrait of an ancestor
Tangmo: garden wall
Tangmo: garden wall
Xidi's celebrated waterside setting
Xidi's celebrated waterside setting
Ceremonial arch, entering Xidi
Ceremonial arch, entering Xidi
Sedan chairs housed in an ancestral hall, Xidi
Sedan chairs housed in an ancestral hall, Xidi
Art students working at Xidi
Art students working at Xidi
Xidi: an auspicious doorway
Xidi: an auspicious doorway
Xidi: moon-shaped gate
Xidi: moon-shaped gate
Chengkan panorama
Chengkan panorama
Chengkan
Chengkan
Chengkan
Chengkan
Chengkan
Chengkan
Chengkan: Fort Knox
Chengkan: Fort Knox
Chengkan: he's seen it all before
Chengkan: he's seen it all before
Chengkan: village girl
Chengkan: village girl
Keep an eye on that bowl...
Keep an eye on that bowl...