Tunxi Ancient Street lies in the center
of Tunxi district, where the municipality of Huangshan
is seated. Starting in the west from Zhenhai Bridge,
a stone arch bridge crossing the river which was
built in Ming dynasty, and ending up in the east
with the tablet of memorial archways, it added
up to 1273 meters long. Being well preserved,
there are shops row upon row, with buildings simple
and elegant. It is a commercial street only for
pedestrians, with the building style of Ming and
Qing dynasties, having the reputation of "The
moving picture by the river on Pure Brightness".
Set up in Song dynasty, Tunxi Ancient
Street, became a distribution center for goods
and materials to Huizhou during Ming and Qing
dynasties. With shops, it looks densely and compactly.
The shops, workshops and residences form an organic
whole, keeping the characteristic and operation
layout of ancient store such as "front shop
and back workshop" or "front shop and
back house". The building is only 3-story-high,
usually of tenon structure, stones based, bricks
laid, wall built like a horse's head, small green
tiles, wood carvings of Hui style, ancient shop
signs, red-lacquered building with double-eaved
roofs. They are simple and elegant, magnificent
and clean. The pavement is 5 to 8 meters wide,
laid by redflag stones of large size. With clear
grain after a rain, it is as clean as a picture.
Walking on this street, there is no noise and
no disturbance, free and natural far, far away.
It seems to be back in the ancient times, triggering
off fantastic reveries...
The shop name in the ancient
street, has a lot of culture meanings, embodying
the specialty of that the merchants in Huizhou
are scholar-merchants. Among which, there are
shops with more than a hundred years history,
such as "Tongderen" Medicine Shop, "Tonghe"
Steelyard Store, "Chengdexin" Sauce
and Pickle Shop, the production and display as
well as its operation are still with ancient customs
and Xidi Village