Listed as a World Cul­tural Her­itage Site in 2000 Lo­ca­tion: Huang­shan City, An­hui Prov­ince, east China Best Time to Visit: Any­time

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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

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