Impressive Hui Culture

2010-12-08 作者: China Today   信息来源: China Today

DIRECTOR James Cameron of blockbuster hit Avatar once made the public comment: “The fictional world of my film uses many Chinese elements because while creating the floating specter of Mount Hallelujah I was so inspired by the gorgeous scenery of China’s Huangshan Mountain.”

Situated in southern Anhui Province, Huangshan Mountain has been honored as a world cultural heritage, a world natural heritage and a world Geopark site, where its bizarre pine trees, exotic rock formations, majestic clouds, restorative hot springs, and enchanting winter snows all overwhelm the viewer with their beauty.

Besides appreciating the enchanting natural landscape of the mountain, a tour to the namesake city and local villages and towns will also reward visitors with an unforgettable experience. In ancient times the area was under the jurisdiction of Huizhou; locals created a splendid Hui (short for Huizhou) culture, much of which can still be seen on Tunxi Old Street and in Xidi Village.

Huizhou existed for about 800 years, from the year 1121 in the Song Dynasty to 1911 in the Qing Dynasty, and comprised six counties, including Yixian, Shexian and Xiuning in present-day Huangshan City. The Hui culture mirrors every aspect of the local life in the late feudal period – in its Hui-style architecture, Hui commercialism, the patriarchal clan system, Neo-Confucianism, Hui Opera and Hui cuisine. The best place to get a glimpse of the culture compressed, visitors should look in the Hui Culture Museum in Huangshan City, which is so far the only theme museum in China to comprehensively showcase this regional heritage.