Anhui is one of provinces with rich tourism resources in China. At present, Anhui boasts eleven 5A-level scenic areas and one hundred and sixty-seven 4A-level scenic areas. In 2016, the inbound tourists reached 4.854 million, up 9.2 percent from the previous year; domestic tourists hit 522 million, up 17.7 percent. The tourism revenue reached 493.24 billion RMB, an increase of 19.7 percent.
The following are must-see scenic areas in Anhui:
Mt. Huangshan: World Cultural & Natural Heritage
Mt. Huangshan Scenic Area, a national 5A-level scenic area, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1990, is located in South Anhui and is one of famous mountain scenic areas in China. The scenic area is 40 kilometers long from the south to the north and 30 kilometers wide from the west to the east.
The scenic area has 72 well-known peaks among which Lianhua Peak(Lotus Peak) is the highest, Tiandu Peak (Celestial Capital Peak) is the most dangerous and Guangming Peak (Bright Top)is the flattest. The scenic area is known for its “Five Wonders”, namely, imaginatively-named pines, oddly-shaped rocks, sea of clouds, hot spring and winter snow.
Xu Xiake, a noted Chinese geologist in the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644), who visited the Yellow Mountains twice, left his praise in this quote:
You don't need to see any more mountains after seeing 'the Five Mountains', and you don't need to see the other four mountains after seeing Huangshan.
Ancient Villages: Xidi and Hongcun
Located in Yixian County of Huangshan City, Xidi and Hongcun Ancient Villages were listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 2000. They are the most representative local-style residences in southern Anhui Province.
Construction of Xidi Village began during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). So far, it has a history of over 900 years. It is famed as being the 'Ming and Qing Dynasty Local Residence Museum'. It has about 124 ancient residences and three ancestral halls, including an archway, Linyun Pavilion, Eastern and Western Gardens, Ruiyu Courtyard, Taoli Garden, Da Fu Grand House and Lvfu Hall. Da Fu is an official title reserved for high ranking government officials in ancient China.The three carving styles including those on stones, bricks and wood are the most renowned. Tourists can appreciate these exquisite carvings on door frames, lattice walls, columns and beams in the halls. The birds, flowers, grass and figures on them are vividly presented. Both the Ming and Qing Dynasty carvings display poise and refinement.