An­cient at­trac­tions pull vis­i­tors to Yangzhou

China Daily (USA) - - LIFE - — CANG WEI

The scenic city of Yangzhou re­cently is­sued a trav­el­ing card for vis­i­tors, which al­lows them to visit its places of in­ter­est for less than 250 yuan ($37) a year.

All the fa­mous at­trac­tions are in­cluded in the card.

Vis­i­tors, both Chi­nese and for­eign­ers, can buy the card with their ID cards or pass­ports.

To at­tract more peo­ple, a high-speed bul­let train sets off ev­ery day be­tween Yangzhou and Nan­jing, the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal. The whole trip takes 51 min­utes, and costs about 50 yuan for first-class seats.

As the most fa­mous tourist at­trac­tion in Yangzhou, Slen­der West Lake in the north part of the city cov­ers about 100 hectares.

It was named a na­tional key scenic spot in 1988 and a na­tional 5A-level tourist zone in 2010.

Slen­der West Lake is dot­ted with del­i­cate gar­dens, grace­ful nat­u­ral beauty and ar­chi­tec­ture.

The lay­out was formed dur­ing the reigns of em­per­ors Kangxi and Qian­long in the Qing Dy­nasty (1644-1911).

The nar­row and me­an­der­ing wa­ter­ways that con­nect gar­dens, bridges and the lake’s many pic­turesque spots are adored by many peo­ple na­tion­wide. The Splen­der West Lake scenic area’s at­trac­tions in­clude White Pagoda and Wut­ing Qiao (Five-Pavil­ion Bridge).

Geyuan Gar­den is a well­p­re­served tra­di­tional gar­den that was ren­o­vated and ex­panded by a rich salt mer­chant in the Qing Dy­nasty. It has the long­est his­tory among all the classical gar­dens in China, and its de­sign fea­tures a del­i­cate ar­range­ment of bam­boo and stones.

Heyuan Gar­den, or Jix­iao Moun­tain Re­sort, is lo­cated near the Yangzhou an­cient canal. It is a na­tional cul­tural relics pro­tec­tion site.

The gar­den con­tains res­i­dence ar­eas, east and west gar­dens, and del­i­cately ar­ranged rocks.

The dif­fer­ent sec­tions in­ter­con­nect to cre­ate a pleas­ant liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment that com­bines Chi­nese and West­ern el­e­ments, suit­able for liv­ing and sight­see­ing.

Dong­guan Street, which is 1,122 me­ters long, was once an im­por­tant thor­ough­fare of the city in the Ming Dy­nasty (1368-1644).

Orig­i­nally paved with long flag­stones, it has been an ar­te­rial road since the Tang Dy­nasty (618-907).

With a pop­u­la­tion of over 10,000 and more than 20 im­por­tant his­toric relics, it has re­cently been listed among the key his­toric streets un­der State-level preser­va­tion. It is also a place to buy in­ter­est­ing sou­venirs.

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