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  Anhui, with a population of over 59 million, is an inland province in Southeast China. It stretches over the Yangtze River and Huai River, and is adjacent to six provinces of Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hubei, Henan and Shandong.

Hefei City, the capital of the province, has many attractions as a result of its 2,000 years of history.

Covering an area of 130,000 square kilometers (50,200 square miles), Anhui boasts of abundant tourism resources, and is a top tourist attraction among many in the Southeast, such as: the amazing Mount Huangshan, famous for its towering pines, precipitous stones, wonderland cloud-sea and hot springs; Mount Jiuhua, one of the four famous Buddhist Mountains in China; Mount Tian Zhu, also a well-known scenic spot. The magnificence of these peaks is simply stupendous. Standing on top of any one of these peaks would overwhelm most trekkers with a sight to behold.
In addition to the beautiful mountain scenery, the well-preserved ancient villages in Southern Anhui are derived from the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 - 1911). The most impressive ones are in Xidi and Hongcun Ancient Villages in Yixian County near Mount Huangshan. 
 
 
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Anhui Countryside    
Covering an area of 130,000 square kilometers, Anhui province boasts of abundant tourism resources, and is a top tourist attraction among many in the Southeast.  

Bao's Family Garden xxxxxxxxxxxxx GPS: 29.86255, 118.37015
Built in the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911), Bao's Family Garden is in Shexian, Huangshan, Anhui Province. It was one of the three most famous private gardens in southern China in the Qianlong Period (1735 - 1796) and Jiaqing Period (1796 - 1820).  

Chengkan   GPS: 29.92299, 118.28477
Chengkan Village, about 40km (25 miles) to the north of Huangshan City in Anhui Province, is a well-preserved ancient village with appealing scenery of mountains and waters and age-old residences with rich local characteristics.
 
       
  Baolun Hall GPS: 29.92315, 118.28419
A must-see spot in Chengkan Village. It is part of Luo Dongshu's Ancestral Temple, built by Luo's descendants to worship him. Luo Dongshu was a noted scholar as well as a hermit at the end of the Song Daynasty who made a great contribution to the Luo Family in Chengkan.
       
  Chengkan village GPS: 29.92299, 118.28477
Chengkan Village has over 150 ancient residences, among which 21 are major cultural relics under state protection.

Hongcun GPS: 30.00068, 117.99144
With a 900 years existence, Hongcun Ancient Village is designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. The village layout resembles body of an ox, with Leigang Hill being the 'head'.  

Huangshan GPS: 30.1378, 118.16511
Of all the notable mountains in China, the Huangshan Mountain, aka Yellow Mountain, is probably the most famous and can be found in the south of Anhui Province.  

Nanping GPS: 29.89982, 117.90674
The village is sited in the southwest of Yixian County. It has a history of almost one thousand years. There are about 300 ancient Hui-style houses and buildings built in Ming and Qing Dynasties, as well as 36 ancient wells and 72 lanes.  

Qiankou   GPS: 29.86629, 118.30081
Qiankou town of Huizhou district covers an area of 16,000 square meters and centralizes 10 representative buildings of the Ming dynasty scattered in Huizhou. It remains Dwelling Houses of Ming period.
 
       
  Dwelling houses GPS: 29.86838, 118.29493
The Qiankou Residence is an ancient architecture complex in the style of the Ming (1368 - 1644) and Qing (1644 - 1911) dynasties. It is also widely known as Zixia Mountain Villa because it lies at the foot of Mt. Zixia in Qiankou Town.
       
  Xiajianta GPS: 29.86226, 118.30142
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Shexian   GPS: 29.86137, 118.41534
In the northeast part of Huangshan City  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.
 
       
  Shexian Old City GPS: 29.86618, 118.43586
The old city of Shexian, known as Huizhou Ancient City, is composed of Fu Cheng and Xi'an Cheng. Fu Cheng was originally built in the late Sui Dynasty (581-618), and enlarged in Tang Dynasty (618-907) to the later scale.
       
  Doushan lane GPS: 29.86729, 118.43847
Some old streets such as Doushan Street, Zhongshan Lane and Dabei Street have basically kept their features of Ming-Qing Dynasties.
       
  Xuguo archway GPS: 29.86519, 118.43565
According to folklore, Xuguo took advantage of the emperor's vague instructions about the project and constructed an eight-posted archway, in spite of the fact that only royal families were allowed to build this kind of architecture.

Tang Mo GPS: 29.86983, 118.33678
Tangmo Village was rated as one of the top ten 'must see' famous scenic spots in Huangshan City.
It was constructed originally in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). It reached its height of prosperity in both the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.
 

Tangyue Archways GPS: 29.86684, 118.37008
The Tangyue Memorial Archway group is composed of seven arches. It is located on the road at the entrance of the Tangyue village in the west of Shexian County. The arches represent, in successive order, loyalty, filial piety, women's chastity and charity.  

Tunxi   GPS: 29.6961, 118.31532
Tunxi Ancient Street, with hundred years history, is the best persevered old street in China in the style of the Southern Song Dynasty, Ming and Qing Dynasties. It is composed of 1 main street, 3 bystreets and 18 alleys with more than 300 Hui-style architectures.
 
       
  Tunxi city GPS: 29.6961, 118.31532
Ringed by low-lying hills, the old trading town of Tunxi also called Huangshan Shi or Huangshan City is the main springboard for trips to Huangshan and the surrounding Huizhou villages. Compared with the region’s capital, Hefei, Tunxi makes for far a better base.
       
  Tunxi Old street GPS: 29.70826, 118.3064
It dates back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279), with centuries-old history. Tunxi Old Street is paved with maroon flagstones with a total length of 1,273 meters (about 1,392 yards), of which 895 meters (about 979 yards) is the pedestrian commercial streetl.

  Xidi GPS: 29.89904, 117.99295
Xidi Ancient Village is about 40km south of Huangshan Mountain. Encircled by green hills, two streams flow through the village from the north and the east converging at Huiyuan Bridge. The village has two main streets and about 99 lanes paved with cobblestones or black stones.  

 
 
 
 
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