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Huangshan Mountain Tour 
-- Tour to Shexian County

   

      In southeastern part of Anhui Province, under the foot of the renowned Yellow Mountain (Huangshan Mountain), locates a famous historical and cultural city – Shexian County. Surrounded by green mountains and crystal water, it is rich in cultural relics, residences, memorial temples, and memorial arches. The county is an art museum of classical architecture.

     Strolling in it, you can see the towers, bridges, lanes and wells in Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties styles everywhere. The beautiful scenery and exquisite architecture win it the fame of water town, mountain town and bridge town. The rich county has attracted many men of letters in history to come and praise its beauty. There are three wonders - Ancestral Temples, Ancient Residential Houses and Town of Arch, due to which building experts from China and the rest of the world call it ‘A Naturally Formed Classical Architectural Arts Museum'.

     The old city of Shexian County is composed of Fu Cheng and Xian Cheng. Fu Cheng was originally built in the late Sui Dynasty (581-618), and enlarged in Tang Dynasty (618-907) to the later scale. The existent city wall was built along the mountain ridge which measures about 1,640 yards long. Some places of interest before Song Dynasty (960-1279) are to be found such as Hama (Toad) Well, Yinggong Well and Dagu Well. Some old streets such as Doushan Street, Zhongshan Lane and Dabei Street are basically kept their features of Ming-Qing Dynasties. In Fu Cheng and Xian Cheng, there are altogether 16 Ming-Qing arches.

     Once in history, Shexian County was called Huizhou. It is the home where Hui Culture (one of the three regional cultures in China) originated. The beautiful place bears the talents. In this picturesque place, there are many celebrities who skill in different fields of study. For example, Zhu Xi is a famous thinker in Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). Bi Sheng is the inventor of movable type writing. Tao Xingzhi is a great educator. Huang Binhong is a well-known modern painter. The Xin'an painting school, Architecture of Hui Style, Drama of Hui School, Xin'an Medicine and Hui Style Dishes all more or less enjoy some fame.

     Moreover, Shexian County has many local specialties, such as honey date, various kinds of famous teas including Huangshan Maofeng Tea, Dinggu Dafang Tea and Huangshan Green Peony Tea, which are considered to be the invaluable treasures by local people.

    You can include this tour with your Huangshan tour.

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