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Yangzhou (揚州) is a prefecture-level city in southern Jiangsu province. It has a history of 2480 years; a leading economic and cultural center and major port of foreign trade and external exchange since ancient time in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and Huaihe rivers. Historically it is one of the wealthiest of China’s cities, known at various periods for its great merchant families, poets, painters, and scholars.

The city itself is a museum of Chinese culture and a beautiful Chinese garden. Small and quite as it is, you have an easy access to all latest modern convenience here, too, while enjoying traditional heritage. Through all the ages, scholars and poets have lavishly praised Yangzhou in prose and poetry, pouring their love and yearning for this city in the most beautiful language. This is the only city in China that receives such an honor.

For westerners, an interesting footnote to Yangzhou’s history is that Marco Polo served there under the Mongol emperor Kublai Khan, in the period around 1282-1287.

Slender West Lake(瘦西湖)
Named after Hangzhou’s famous West Lake, this long, narrow stretch of water which meanders through Yangzhou’s western limits is a well-known scenic spot. A long bank planted with weeping willows spans the lake; at its midpoint stands a square terrace with pavilions at each of the corners and one in the center. Around the lake is a park in which are found several attractions: Lotus Flower Pagoda; Small Gold Mountain (Xiao Jin Shan); and the Fishing Platform (Diaoyutai), a favorite retreat of the Qing emperor Qian Long. The emperor was so gratified by his luck in fishing at this spot that he ordered additional stipends for the town.

Da Ming temple (大明寺)
Located on Shugang Hill, in the city’s northwest, is Fajing Temple, formerly known as Daming Temple. The original temple was built in Liu Song Dynasty (420-479 CE). A nine-story pagoda, the Qilingta, was built on the temple grounds in the year of Sui Dynasty (589-618 AD). A recent addition to the temple complex is the jian Zhen Memorial Hall, built according to Tang Dynasty methods and financed with contributions raised by Buddhist groups in Japan. When Qing Emperor Qian Long visited Yangzhou in 1765, he was troubled by The temple’s name Daming (which literally means "Great Ming’) fearing that it might revive nostalgia for the Ming Dynasty, which was overthrown by his Manchu predecessors. He had it renamed Fajing Temple. The temple was seriously damaged at the beginning of the 20th century. The present structure is a reconstruction dating from the 1930s.

Geyuan Garden(個園)
Ge Yuan Garden is a private garden which is famous for its seasonal rockeries — Bamboo Stone for spring, Taihu Stone for summer, Huangshan Stone for autumn and Xuan Stone for winter. The seasonal rockeries paints a colourful garden which can be described as " the rockery in spring is flamboyant like a bright smile, in summer is verdant like sparkling dewdrops, in autumn is clean like a light makeup, and in winter , it is pale like a sleeping beauty." and "spring hill is for visit, summer hill is for sight, autumn hill is for climbing, and winter hill is for residence."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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