AROUND MT.HUANGSHAN (1)

 

    As is suggested by its title, the present album is an attempt to display the spots of historical and cultural interest in the area around Mt. Huangshan. Situated in the south of Anhui Province. the place was known in olden days as Xin'an and later became Huizhou Prefecture. The present Huangshan Municipality was established only a few years ago, which has jurisdiction over three prefectures, four counties, as well as the Mt. Huangshan Scenic Area.
    Mt. Huangshan, the pride of Nature, has over-whelmed tourists of all ages with its peculiar appeal.  Wonderland! Wonder of Nature's  exclaim sight-seers of different colors-yellow, black and white--as they marvel at the mountain. Charmed in the scenic beauty of Mt. Huangshan, however, you may as well make a tour at its foot. Then to your joy and surprise you will find the true wonder of civilization!  Mountains and rivers for them to live on, but it is the people--generation upon generation of people---who have created such a splendid civilization, which, in turn, has played an important part in their existence and development, and it is also the people who have cultivated the unique Xin'an culture complex, or Huizhou culture, which has been established as one of China' s three key regional ancient cultures. It covers a great variety of fields, including Manner study (Confucian school of idealist philosophy), Pu study (Confucian school of classical philosophy), the studies of medicine, Chinese painting, engraving, epigraphy, classics, and the art of Huizhou opera, ancient architecture, carving, handicraft, potted landscape, etc.---each one of these pursuits amounting to an extensive and profound knowledge. Huizhou merchants, who mushroomed and dominated the area south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, provided the economic base for Huizhou culture to grow and flourish. The most remarkable fact about Huizhou, however, is that despite the vicissitudes of over 2,000 years, Relics, vestiges, ancient folkways and customs are still found here which have been handed down from the Ming, Qing, and even Tang and Song Dynasties. In many places people live by clans. Everywhere one sees white--walled and gray--roofed traditional Chinese houses with scrolls of calligraphy and painting featured prominently in the central hall, which is flanked by two wings. And with a high regard for etiquette, the local people visit one another frequently, especially on such occasions as weddings and funerals. For many generations, they lived an idyllic life---farming, weaving, cutting firewood, as well as studying--- in this secluded haven of peace far away from the turmoil of the world.
  It is into this land that the legendary Seventh Fairy descended to marry a diligent and honest farmer. For, wondrous as the fairyland was, it had bored her as insubstantial, while the busy mortal world had been an irresistible temptation.
    This album, however, is an effort to provide the reader with a potpourri of this great charm of Huizhou in a limited number of photos and articles. It is meant to be a sister piece of Huangshan China, which we published in 1987. Around Mt. Huangshan, therefore, is another little flower we present to our readers, and we hope this little flower will bring you fragrance and remain a nice memory. 
  Situated at the foot of Mt. Huangshan in the south of Anhui Province and bordering on Jiangxi and ZheJiang Provinces. Huangshan City is a newly developed one  famed as an emerging tourist attraction.
     Huangshan City, earlier named Huizhou Prefecture and known in ancient times as Xin'an, was established in July 1988. Besides the Huangshan Mountain Scenic Zone, the new city has jurisdiction over three prefectures (Tunxi, earlier Tunxi City; Huizhou, earlier Yansi Town in Shexian County; and Huangshan, earlier Taiping County) and four counties (Shexian, Xiuning, Yixian and Qimen), with a total area of 9,807square kilometers and a population of 1,400,000. Tunxi is the seat of the municipal government.

SKETCH MAP OF HUANGSHAN

GUIDE MAP OF HUANGSHAN CITY