Hongchun is a gorgeous village to explore but I'm glad we opted not to base ourselves here. As you'd expect with a village filled with beautiful architecture and impressive water features, it's also filled with lots of day tripping tourists like us. But louder than us and with guides with loud speakers.
We spent the morning getting lost up and down the laneways away from the main pack and then retreated to the nearby bamboo forest for some quiet which was the perfect contrast. If you are going to the bamboo forest and would like to do the full walk - allow around 2 hours (and be prepared for lots of steps).