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 provides visitors a good understanding of the village’s local culture, ancient legacies, and well-preserved ecological environment.
Xixinan (西溪南) refers to the village south of the western brook. It is an untouched village with a history going back 1,200 years, and it was once well-known as the hub where great artists, poets and calligraphers gathered. Attracted by the area’s 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 Wu Mansion (老屋阁), an architectural marvel dating to the Ming Dynasty. It has recently been declared as one of China’s key cultural relics. A beautiful river by the village creates poetic scenery begging to be painted. The fresh air and tranquil environment will transport you to a world of tranquility, away from the hustle and bustle of city living.
While visiting Xixinan, you can explore and experience the nearby Yellow Mountains and Huizhou countryside. This area features the ancient village Hongcun, two UNESCO World Heritage sites, and other sights rich in architectural heritage, cultural landscapes, and natural beauty. Huangshan (Yellow Mountains) is well known for its beautiful sunrises, ancient pine trees, and unique granite peaks. The mountaintops often offer fantastic views of the clouds from above, a sight praised in ancient literature as the Sea of Clouds. Huangshan’s moist climate also facilitates the cultivation of tea leaves, and the area is one of China’s premier green tea-producing regions.
Furthermore, you can enhance your understanding of Chinese Architecture and learn about preservation of cultural relics and buildings as you meander through ancient villages. Chengkan Village, for example, is particularly renowned for its well-preserved and exquisitely designed residential architecture of the 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
TA’s spaces 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 Hui culture, which was developed by a civilization originating in present-day southern Anhui Province, China. The civilization manifests in the cultural heritage of the mountainous region, such as architecture, precious relics, Chinese ink paintings, poetry, and carvings. Meandering through the ancient villages is like visiting a historical museum. Daily life in these villages still reflects life during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. Against this background, Turenscape Academy seeks to provide an extraordinary educational environment that combines art, history, culture, nature, and beauty. Our unique location allows our visitors to explore heritage sites while using advanced technology like drones to explore its urban-rural fabric and ruins of ancient buildings. 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