Xidi Gate, Monochrome

One of China’s most rural provinces, Anhui, is an absolute treasury of old China culture and history. Huangshan National Park, Tunxi old town, Hongcun ancient village, and this priceless spot — Xidi ancient town — are worth many days spent in discovery on the Anhui back roads. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Xidi is my favorite old town in China, and a large part of that is wonder at this ancient town gate. There is nothing else like it from old China. Its official name is “Memorial Archway of the Governor,” and it dates from the Ming Dynasty, about 1300 years ago. Just steps away is a row of old habitations from the same date that have been converted to accommodations for travelers. Not hard to guess where I stayed in Xidi. (Price Schedule G)

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