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Tunxi Ancient Street

At the foot of Mt. Huangshan, at the bend of Xin'an River, lies the beautiful mountain town called "Tunxi ". Being top of the Four Ancient Towns of Huizhou in the history, Tunxi is now the central district of Huangshan City. In this old city, you can find the "Tunxi Ancient Street", which is dubbed as the flowing Qingming Scroll (also Along the River during the Qingming Festival), one of the tops ten Chinese traditional paintings. Similar to the Qingming Scroll which presents the lively local life, here in Tunxi Ancient Street, colorful bazaars of local features are displayed in front of your eyes. It is also listed as one of China's Top Ten Historical and Cultural Streets.

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Colorful Shops at Tunxi Ancient Street Tunxi Ancient Street Entrance

As a city with a lengthy and storied history to match its excellent location, Tunxi is a great bonus destination for tourists visiting Huangshan. It is the major gateway to Mt. Huangshan. Many visitors choose to stay there and take the one hour trip to Huangshan Scenic Area.

Tunxi has many budget accommodations and restaurants. Don't miss visiting the Tunxi Ancient Street of the old town. In the evening the red lanterns light up and make for a festive atmosphere. Tunxi Ancient Street is one of China's best antique markets.

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Bamboo Carvings Love Beans (Red Beans) Ornaments

Deep and narrow, Tunxi Ancient Street was originally built during the Song dynasty. The street is paved with maroon flagstones and is about 1,200 meters (3940 ft.) long. The buildings here are typical Hui-style (the featured style of Anhui Province). Most of them are only three stories high, stone-based and brick-laid, decorated with gray tiles, exquisite wood carvings, white walls, and horse-head double eaves on the roofs.

In this street, shoppers will enjoy the oldest stores in Huangshan City, some of which have been doing business for centuries. There are curios, Chinese Four Treasures of the Study (i.e. writing brush, ink stick, ink stone, Xuan paper), Hui-school traditional Chinese paintings, engravings, rubbings from the tablets, inscriptions, ornaments and many tourist souvenirs for selling.

The Tunxi Ancient Street is a place you definitely don't want to miss during your trip to Huangshan. It offers a unique window through which one can explore the Hui Culture as well as the beauty of Southern China. Tunxi's enchantment will leave you nostalgically thinking about the past.

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Night Closing at Tunxi Ancient Street Tunxi Old Residence Brings You to the Past

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