西递 Xīdì Village

In early Spring CAA took the international students on a one-day trip to Anhui province, just northwest of Zhejiang. The first stop was Xīdì, a village that dates to AD 1047. It was a stronghold of the Hu (胡) clan, descendants from the eldest son of the last Tang emperor who fled there in the twilight years of the Tang dynasty, and its architecture is predominantly Huizhou Style. UNESCO’d, so it’s not going anywhere soon. The textures of brick, weathered wood and thinning plaster were pretty amazing.