Duration: August 24-29, 2018
Location: Xixinan, Anhui, China
Come explore authentic ancient villages & practice Chinese on cultural exchanges with Turenscape Academy!
Xixinan is a meandering village with a thousand-year history and once was the most prosperous region of ancient Huizhou. Huizhou’s long-standing history has created rich cultural legacies passed down for generations. The Hui people led many movements in the humanities in fields such as Confucian philosophy, theological ethics, fine arts, Hui opera, woodblock printing, architecture, printmaking, bamboo weaving, calligraphy, and much more. Hui thinkers and artists in their peak of scholarly achievement covered almost every field in the humanities, and these schools used their distinctive characteristic to influence the arts and humanities across the entire country. With profound traditions rooted in Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism, Hui culture embodies the most representative culture of ancient China.
1. Hui Architecture
Hui architecture is one of the most important schools of traditional Chinese architecture. Its vernacular style is clearly and coherently reflected in siting, drawn plans, form, structure, arrangement and orientation, and ornamentation. Typologies that represent the height of Hui architecture include village residences, shrines, memorial archways, and gardens.
2. Hui cuisine
Hui cuisine is one of eight major regional cuisines in China and is distinguished by its deep color, strong flavors, and exquisite fermentation techniques. Four principles guide the popularity of Hui cuisine: 1. use local and seasonal ingredients to emphasize freshness, 2. use heat according to different ingredients of each dish, 3. prioritize stews and braises, and 4. choose natural ingredients to balance nutrition.
3. Traditional Water Management
Historical Huizhou lies in present-day south Anhui, and its inhabitants choose settlements with their backs to the mountain and faces to the water. Villagers are able to fully use natural resources in their surrounding environments and combine environmental forces with village culture to form a convivial lifestyle. The planning of many heritage villages involved ingenious water management tactics, allowing their water systems to satisfy their needs, enrich their landscapes, and enhance their quality of life. This integration of natural ecologies and cultural contexts is able to achieve a unique “biomimetic” environment.
4. Calligraphy culture
Hui ink is the crown jewel of traditional Chinese ink-making and forms one part of the famous “Four Treasures of the Scholar’s Study,” which refers to the brush, the paper, the ink, and the inkstone. Experience calligraphy at one of its most distinguished birthplaces.
Choose an itinerary:
OPTION 1: 8/24 – 8/26 (3 days)
OPTION 2: 8/24 – 8/29 (6 days)
|Day 1||Arrive at Huangshan North Train Station
|Day 2||Guided tour of Xixinan
Exploration of Xixinan’s space composition and water management systems
Cultural experience: Hui Opera
|Day 3||Expedition to historical Ming village Chengkan
Exploration of Hui heritage culture
Cultural experience: Hui ink OR ceramics
|Day 4||Tour of National Cultural Heritage City: She County (lunch on your own)
Hui Cultural Museum + Hui Cuisine Museum
Tunxi Old Street in Huangshan City (dinner on your own)
|Day 5||Tour of Hongcun, Xidi (lunch on your own)
Chinese language conversations
|Day 6||Self-guided tours of Huangshan or other areas|
* schedule is subject to changes and cancellations
** days 4-6 are options for the 6-day itinerary only
Accommodations: Hetianli Deluxe Room
Board: Hetianli homemade meals (lunch 12:00 PM, dinner 6:00 PM)
Travel arrangements: Luxury bus or van
Contact and Registration
Phone: 18201521972 15710018091
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