Our unique residential campus is located in Xixinan, a heritage village located near the beautiful Huangshan Mountains (Yellow Mountains), in Anhui province, China. South of Beijing and west of Shanghai, Xixinan’s unique tranquil landscape enables visitors to gain a good understanding of the village’s local life, culture, ancient fabric, and well-preserved ecological environment.
Xixinan (西溪南) refers to the village south of the western brook. It is an untouched village that goes back 1,200 years and well known as the hub where great artists, poets and calligraphers assembled. Attracted by the natural beauty, Ming Dynasty calligrapher, Zhu Zhishan (1460-1526) and Qing Dynasty Chinese landscape painter and poet, Shi Tao (1642-1707) were known to have resided in Xixinan and drawn their inspiration from the tranquil, picturesque village.
Other attractions at Xixinan include the Grand Old Pavilion (老屋阁), a Ming Dynasty architectural marvel. It has recently been declared as one of China’s key cultural relics. A beautiful river flows by with picturesque canals creating tranquil and poetic scenery begging to be painted. The fresh air and calm environment will transport you to a world of tranquility, away from the hustle and bustle of city living.
While visiting Xixinan, you may explore and experience the nearby Yellow Mountains and Huizhou countryside featuring Hongcun Ancient Village, two UNESCO World Heritage sites, which are rich in architectural heritage, cultural landscapes, and natural beauty. Huangshan or the Yellow Mountains is well known for its beautiful sunrises, ancient pine trees, and unique jutting granite peaks. The mountaintops often offer fantastic views of the clouds from above, also known as the Sea of Clouds. Huangshan’s moist climate facilitates the growing of tea leaves and is one of China’s premier green tea-growing regions.
Furthermore, enhance your understanding of Chinese Architecture, especially Hui Architecture, and learn about preservation of cultural relics and buildings as you meander through ancient villages like Chengkan Village, which is renowned for its well-preserved and amazingly designed residential architecture of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) era.
Located in the heart of Xixinan village, Turenscape Academy occupies a series of heritage buildings, including former factories, schools, administrative buildings, and grain warehouses. These remnants have been creatively converted to include:
- Spacious Classrooms and Workshop Spaces
- Internal and External Studios for teaching and learning purposes
- Exhibition and Gallery spaces
- Ceramic Workshop and Showroom
- Electric Firing Kiln
- On-site residential accommodation & restaurant
The spaces of TA are available for visits by groups for short workshops; longer-term studios and research projects; professional training courses; and retreats by companies and organizations.
Xixinan embodies the rich Hui culture, a civilization that originated in southern Anhui province in China. It is manifested in the cultural heritage of the mountainous region, such as fascinating Hui architecture, precious relics, Chinese ink paintings, poetry and carvings. Meandering through the ancient villages is like viewing a historical museum, which reflects life during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. Against this background, Turenscape Academy seeks to provide an extraordinary environment that combines art, history, culture, nature, and beauty. Our unique location allows our visitors to explore heritage sites while using avant-garde technology like drones for landscape surveying and 3D mapping to generate a comprehensive digital model of Xixinan. Come and discover the blend of social, cultural, ecological and environmental patterns of Xixinan for yourself.
- Research and explore ancient classic Chinese Hui architecture
- Experience 1,000 year old heritage village life
- Develop a village masterplan
- Study traditional water canal system
- Enjoy exquisite Tea Culture
- Generate digital maps using drone technology
- Unearth the mystery of Hui Sculpting and Wood Carving
- Hike up the breathtaking Yellow Mountains
- Examine the Grand Old Pavilion, an ancient architectural mansion
- Discover the rich history behind Chinese ink painting and ink slabs