The China of your imagination; ancient villages of whitewashed walls and ornate carved-wooden doors, pine covered mountains that come straight out of a painting, and deep green bamboo forests, welcome to Huang Shan aka Yellow Mountain in central Anhui province. I visited in winter, when it was particularly scenic, and there were few tourists.
The bamboo forests which surround the lower parts of Huang Shan were featured in the scenes of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.
A couple of hours away from Huang Shan are the nearby towns of Hongcun and Xidi, where rich merchants lived during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, were also used in the film, and wondering around the small streets, you can’t help feeling you have stepped back in time.
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