Huizhou, Anhui I
19.10 - 30.10.2016
Huizhou 鰴州 is a historical region with many ancient villages. I LOVE old villages. Surrounded by mountains and rivers, stone archways, Ming-Qing Dynasties style homes, cobblestone alleys,... Most are well-preserved and still lived in as days past. 11 days to explore different parts of the area and hike up Yellow Mountain 黄山!
SheXian County 歙县
It mostly rained the 4 days we were here but we didn't mind. We enjoyed walking the small alleys, did a few sightseeing, ate well and read good books.
We tried a river tour about an hour bus ride away but did not like it. It was not only crowded, we had to stay inside and was so noisy! The 'guide' spoke about the history of the area but we had not a clue what she said. All we knew was everyone else was also talking. The 'entertainment' at the various stops were... not desirable. A museum (that was ok), a variety show (meh...), an ice box you can rent jackets to walk through (no thank you) and a peacock farm.
We did enjoy a visit to a museum where it was the home of a rich Huizhou businessman. We got to roam and explore while dodging tour groups!