Famous for its Ming and Qing architecture, Hongcun sits at the base of the Huangshan Mountains.
When I arrived, there were dozens of art students lining the paths painting the scene in a variety of different styles. It was fascinating to see all the different interpretations and styles of painting. They were so good! I was so enthralled with seeing all the paintings, that I almost forgot to photograph!
Does it look a little familiar? Can you imagine ninja types jumping between the rooftops? Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? I admit I didn’t make it all the way through the movie, but still it was hard not imagine the scenes I saw in the movie taking place right there, right then.
There was also a pretty lotus pond out front. While this photo could have been made anywhere, you have to take these opportunities when they present themselves.
I only had a few hours mid-day to visit this astonishing place, and the light was harsh, forcing me to seek out subjects in the shade. If I were to visit again, I would definitely arrange to visit on the edges of the day for better light conditions and fewer people. But sometimes even when the conditions aren’t perfect for photography, there are still unique opportunities like watching painters at work and imagining scenes from movies 🙂