Jixi is situated in the south of Anhui. It is one of the birthplaces of Huizhou culture and is home to numerous historical attractions. Popular destinations include Longchuan Scenic Area, Zhangshan Gorge, Taijihu Village and an ancient Tang dynasty path to Zhejiang province. Many local traditions originate from here, including Anhui cuisine, Anhui inksticks and Hui opera. It is also known as China's silk farming capital. Many famous historical figures were born here, including the scholar Hu Shih, a literary and intellectual avant-garde during the New Thought movement in the early 20th Century, and the Qing dynasty ink master Hu Kaiwen.
Longchuan is a classic example of a traditional Hui-style village. Founded over 1600 years ago, the village is the ancestral hometown of former president Hu Jintao. It features a number of historical residences and is surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. There is also a collection of impressive woodcarvings and a large Ming dynasty arch.
The Huihang Ancient Road lies in the eastern part of Fuling Town. Originally constructed during the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the history of the road spans a millennium. It is the third most famous ancient trading road in China after the Silk Road and Tea Horse Road (or Southern/Southwest Silk Road). Historically, it has played an enormous role in politics, economy, and culture. It is also a corridor through majestic scenery and a mysterious culture.
Zhangshan Grand Canyon, also known as the Great Valley, is in the Dazhangshan Mountains east of Jixi County in southern Anhui Province. In ancient times, Emperor Xuanyuan took Rong Chengzi and the Duke of Fuqiu to collect medicine from and make pills in this mountain. The tombs of the Emperor and First Minister remain in the mountains. At the time, Dazhang Mountain was known as the Three Emperors, the Three King Mountain and Zhang Peak. In the Spring and Autumn Period, Wu Yue reached the boundary between nations. Zhang County was established in the Qin Dynasty, named after the mountain.
This is the home of Hu Zongxian, a famous general of China's Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and direct ancestor of former Communist Party General Secretary Hu Jintao. Aside from its elaborate design and unique layout, it is renowned for its many watchtowers and pathways, as well as walls with eaves characteristically flared like horses' heads. Aspects such as these 'horse head' walls make the home a symbol of the architecture of Huizhou, equivalent to parts of modern Anhui. It is said that at one time 7 generations of one family all lived here, and still were able to live together harmoniously.