Highlights: Mountain and River Gallery of Xin'an River, Xidi Ancient Village, Number One Scholar Musuem, Tunxi Ancient Street
D1: Arrive in Shendu Town, Shexian County, Huangshan City. Take a boat to enjoy the Mountain and River Gallery of the Xin'an River. During the boat ride, you will be taken on a nostalgic visit to the Folk Wedding Customs Museum to learn more about the wedding customs of the Huizhou people in times gone by. After the boat ride, head out to Yangchuan, an undeveloped village that keeps its original ecology in the depth of the Shexian County mountains, to explore the cluster of clay buildings, a far cry from the common Hui-style architecture featuring black tiles and white walls. Have some country-style food at Yangchuan for lunch and learn about the folk dining customs of ordinary Huizhou people. Return to Tunxi in the evening to enjoy a local Huangmeixi opera performance. You will get a sense of traveling back in time as the performers sing on stage.
D2: Head out to Xidi Ancient Village of Yixian County after breakfast. There, you will be watching the folk performance “Ball Throwing”, a traditional courtship ritual. Afterwards, enjoy a “court feast”, a sumptuous and health-improving feast exclusive to wealthy families in previous times at Nanping village. In the afternoon, visit Guanlu Ancient Village where you will be offered a visit to the eight mansions occupied by the eight brothers of the Wang family. Through the visit, you will get a general idea of the family concept of the Huizhou people.
D3: Take a bus to Xiuning in the afternoon, where you will visit the Number One Scholar Culture Museum to learn more about the educational philosophies of ancient Huizhou. Return to Tunxi District in the afternoon. Stroll along the Tunxi Ancient Street (dubbed a lively version of the famous painting ‘Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival’) and enjoy the beautiful Mountain and River Gallery on Xin'an River. Afterwards, return or make your own plans.