Tunxi Ancient Street
Tunxi Old Street came into being with the
development of Hui businessmen during the 1920 &
30's when the ports of Shanghai and Hangzhou
flourished for a period of time.
The Street is 1.5 kilometers long and 7
meters wide. There are long lines of shops along the
sides of the street. They are all made of brick and
wood and have two floors. All of the buildings are in
the Huizhou style and overflow with archaic charm. Although
the shops in the old street are not very wide, they
are relatively deep.
They are usually laid out so that the shop
is in the front and workshop, storehouse or living quarters
is at the back.
The Tongderen is a Chinese traditional medicine
shop. It was established in the second year of the Tongzhi
Period of the Qing dynasty, so has a history of over
120 years. Qimen black tea and Tunxi green tea which
are famous throughout the world are mainly distributed
from Tunxi. All kinds of Anhui ink stick and Sehxian
ink stone can be found here. Products of "Huizhou
Four Carvings" (brick, wood, stone and bamboo),
Chinese painting in Anhui style, print, rubbing from
a stone inscription, Goldstone seal cutting, Chinese
pot gardening and root carving can be seen here and
there.Old Huizhou culture which is regarded as an excellent
national culture and its charm is expressed in Tunxi
Street. More than 100 movies have been shot in the old
The old street has become a great place
for tourists to browse and buy a special souvenir at
a reasonable price. If you go to Huangshan, make sure
you visit Tunxi.