Listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 2000 Location: Huangshan City, Anhui Province, east China Best Time to Visit: Anytime
XIDI and Hongcun are two outstanding traditional villages and are well known for their regional culture.
The location preserves, to a remarkable extent, the appearance of non-urban settlements of a type that largely disappeared or was transformed during the last century. The overall layout, landscape, architectural form, decoration and construction techniques retain the original features of Anhui-style villages between the 14th and 20th centuries.
Deeply influenced by the traditional culture of pre-modern Anhui Province, these two villages were built by successful officials or merchants returning home from official appointments and business, and gradually developed into models of conventional Chinese village construction.
Xidi is surrounded by mountains and was built along and between