The village was built during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) for the Wang clan. There are more than 140 well-preserved ancient houses in Hongcun that were built during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasties (1644-1911). Among them Chengzhi Hall, which was built by a salt merchant during the Qing Dynasty, is regarded as the “countryside palace museum”.
The most fascinating thing about this village is its “buffalo shape” design. An artificial water system was designed after the shape of a buffalo in order to supply water to every building for people’s routine life and also to their fields.
Hongcun Village is one of the many wonderful stops on our travel: Discover the Ancient Chinese Villages in the Huizhou Region