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The city of canals, the hometown of celebrities​

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Huai’an is located in the north-central part of Jiangsu Province. It is in the intersection of the Huai River and the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, with an interlaced network of rivers and lakes, which make it an important hub for water transportation and the main confluence between north and south since ancient times. Huai’an is not only a famous historical city but also one of the main birthplaces of Huaiyang cuisine. Many celebrities, such as Zhou Enlai, the first Premier of People’s Republic of China, and Wu Cheng’en, the author of “Journey to the West” were born in Huai’an.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Hydrological Attractions​

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Inner Canal Cultural Corridor

From Qingjiangpu water gate, take a cruise ride to the Hexia Ancient Town, you’ll get to enjoy sceneries of 20 over historical sites including Zhongzhou Island, Qingjiangpu building, Guoshi Pagoda, Changying Bridge, Wu Cheng’en’s residence, and etc. Both sides of the canal shore turn even more attractive when well-lit at night.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1609″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

Guyan scenic area of Hongze Lake ​

Hongze Lake, which is the fourth largest freshwater lake in China, is situated in the lower reaches of the Huai River. It is very rich in aquaticresources. Every winter, the lake is a place for migratory birds to overwinter. Guyan Scenic Area of Hongze Lake perfectly integrates elements such as cultural experience, health and leisure, sightseeing, forest exploration, and modern amusement.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1610″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

Jinhu Water Forest Park

Jinhu Water Forest Park is known as the “Terracotta Armies on Water”. There are 5,000 mu of Metasequoia ecological forest and 300 mu of Ginkgo garden, with a variety of forest and orchards, birds and animals, fishing ponds, water parks and other services for entertainment and relaxation. In addition, there are also historical attractions in the scenic area, such as the sites of Donglai and Xilai Temples.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Origin of the Legendary​

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Han Xin’s Thematic Attractions

Han Xin was a military general contributed greatly to the founding of the Han Dynasty. Huaiyin is where he was born and grown up, hence thereare various historical sites related to Han Xin. Surrounded by 81 historic temples, it is where visitors get to explore the essence of Han culture, learn the principle of temple culture, and discover the importance of ancient canal development that plays a significant role in the history of civilisation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1612″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

Wu Cheng’en’s Former Residence​

Former residence of the writer of “Journey to the West”, this is also the one and only thematic tourist attraction that pays tribute to Wu Cheng’en, welcoming tens of thousands of visitors from around the world every year. In addition to the former residence, the Xuanzang Memorial Hall and Monkey King Family Art Museum are also located here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1613″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

Zhou Enlai’s Thematic Attractions​

Zhou Enlai, the former Premier of China, was born in Huai’an and lived in Zhenhuailou on Huai Cheng Street until he was 12 years old. After his death, his house was repaired and officially opened to the public for honouring the memory of this great man. The former residence of Zhou Enlai is a typical town residence of northern Jiangsu style during the Ming and Qing dynasties, and its inside exhibits his profile, pictures and physical objects.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Food & Beverage

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Xuyi Lobster

Xuyi Lobster is a speciality of Xuyi County, it is red in colour, tender and plump flesh. According to Chinese medicine, Xuyi lobster can relieve internal heat and remove toxicity as well as strengthen the body. It contains more astaxanthin than other prawns, and rich in other nutrition as well. A lobster festival is held in June every year that popularizes the knowledge of Xuyi Lobster and allows diners to have a lobster feast.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1615″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

Pingqiao Tofu

It is a famous dish in Pingqiao, an ancient town located in Huai’an. According to legend, Qianlong Emperor was entertained by a rich man during a visit to Southeastern China, and he praised this dish after eating. Henceforth, it became very famous. The soup is made of carp brain, chicken broth, and cooked with tofu. It is an economical dish with tender meat, mellow soup, fresh taste, and great fragrance.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1616″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

Wenlou’s Crab Dumpling in Soup ​

Wenlou’s Crab Dumpling in Soup is a famous traditional snack in Jiangsu Province, named after a famous restaurant, Wenlou. Wenlou’s Crab Dumpling in Soup is originated from the Qing Dynasty, it is filled with soup which contains twelve ingredients, including meat skin, crab spawn and spices, etc. Diners will use a straw to inhale the delicious soup in the dumpling before eating the wrapper.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_btn title=”Huai’an Booklet Download” style=”gradient” gradient_color_2=”vista-blue” align=”center” link=”||target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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