Central JiangsuCity Explore


Poetic Jiangnan, a collection of intangible cultural heritage​

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Yangzhou is situated in the middle part of Jiangsu Province. It is the confluence of the Yangtze River and the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal which has enabled it to experience prosperity throughout the history of ancient China along with the boom of culture. It has gained the reputation of “the first city of Chinese canals” and “the Moon City of China”. The canals for thousands of years have nurtured Yangzhou and develop a brilliant canal culture. Nowadays, Yangzhou is very famous in the world as one of the first batches of “National Famous Historical and Cultural Cities in China”.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Historical Attractions​

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Slender West Lake​

In the spring, hanging catkins, vibrant flowers, as well as the many pavilions and towers built in the Qing dynasty, form stunning sceneriesalong the lake. Must-see spots include Wuting Bridge, octagonal White Pagoda and the cleverly-designed Chuitai Terrace. The 24 Bridge is named as a nod to its 24m-long and 2.4m-wide body as well as 24 steps on either side. The beautiful moon night on the arch bridge had been described in a poem by Du Mu, a leading poet of the late-Tang dynasty.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1479″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

Daming Temple​

Daming Temple is a temple located at the middle peak of Shugang Mountain. As a part of the temple, the Jianzhen Memorial Hall has been built to commemorate an eminent monk in the Tang dynasty. Jianzhen, who voyaged to Japan to propagate Buddhism, stopped by at Daming Temple before he began the long journey. Through the journey, he has greatly facilitated the cultural exchanges of China and Japan.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1480″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

Dongguan Street Historic Quarters​

Dongguan Street is the most representative historical street in Yangzhou. In the past, it was not only a main artery of traffic from land and sea in Yangzhou but also a centre of commerce, handicraft industry and religious culture. Even to this day, the street is prosperous with businesses and trades, and there are many time-honoured brands among them. You can overlook the whole scene of Dong Guan Street if you board the gate of “Dongguan Gudu”.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Chinese Garden Culture​

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Geyuan Garden​

The Geyuan Garden was known as “the garden of the long-lived Ganoderma” during the Ming Dynasty. Four types of rocks are used to create sceneries of four seasons that are arranged in a clockwise manner with Yiyuxuan Pavilion as their centre. Spring is demonstrated with a picture of bamboo and rock. Summer is represented by the steel-grey Taihu stone. Autumn is depicted by Huangshan stone, and winter by Xuan stone. The innovative concept is one of its kind among Chinese gardens.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1482″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

Heyuan Garden​

Expansive, traditional Heyuan Garden has won multiple national and international recognitions, both for its excellently preserved culturalarchitecture and natural beauty. An interesting feature in the garden is a 1.5km double-path double-story cloister that resembles a highway flyover. The cloister has an intersection leading to two ways, one to the butterfly hall and another to the reading building. The state-protected heritage site certainly is worth the time is taken to stroll its grounds.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1483″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

Wang’s Residence​

Located on Dongguan street, it is one of Yangzhou’s most well-preserved salt merchants’ residences built between the late-Qing dynasty andearly years of the Republican Era. Dating to the Qing era, it has nearly 100 rooms. The interior is lavishly furnished, and its main Spring Hall contains a German chandelier and marble wall panels. The house with a regular layout and meticulously crafted decorations are accompanied by a small but exquisite garden.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Food & Beverage

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Yangzhou Fried Rice​

Yangzhou Fried Rice is famous all over the world. It has a wide variety of ingredients, including eggs, sea cucumber, ham, green beans, shrimp, pork, shiitake, bamboo shoots, chopped green onions and so on. Yangzhou fried rice is exquisitely cooked and pays attention to colour-coordination. It is distinctive, moderately hard and soft, sticky, and delicious after frying.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1485″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

Lion’s Head Meatball with Crab Roe​

A famous Huaiyang cuisine with a soft taste, fatty but not greasy, and rich in nutrition. The main ingredients include crab meat and meatballs made of finely chopped pork, commonly known as “chopped meat” in Yangzhou. There are many ways to make chopped meat, including stewing without soy sauce, boiling for a short time and braising in brown sauce. The dish’s name refers to the large and round shape, which is exaggerated as a lion’s head.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1486″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

Steamed Bun​

Steamed Bun is made of diced chicken, diced meat and diced bamboo shoots. The chicken is selected from the aged hen, which is fat and tender. The meat is made of belly rib, and the bamboo shoots are selected from the fresh bamboo shoots according to the season, the taste is fresh, fragrant, crispy and tender. The flour used for fermentation is “white as snow”, and the leavened dough is soft and tough, so it does not stick to the teeth.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Arts & Crafts

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Yangzhou Paper Cutting​

Through the ancient Chinese folk art, one would be surprised by how well scissors could do to depict vivid sceneries, humans and objects. The paper cut-outs are usually in plain colours, with smooth lines and aesthetic designs. Common patterns include birds, beasts, flowers and sceneries. It has been rumoured that during the Jia and Dao years, the famous artist Bao Zheng in Yangzhou was well known for his paper cutting skill and got the reputation of “Scissor God”.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1488″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

Woodblock Printing​

Texts or designs are carefully engraved into woodblocks, which are then painted with ink and printed on paper. The woodblock printing technique had greatly improved paper printing efficiency at the time. Yangzhou’s Guangling Ancient Books Engraving and Printing House once owned the leading engraving and printing technologies in China. Nowadays, this printing house has gathered together a group of woodblock printing craftsmen and houses nearly 300,000 woodblock printing plates.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_btn title=”Yangzhou Booklet Download” style=”gradient” gradient_color_2=”vista-blue” align=”center” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Ftravellutionmedia.com%2Feb%2Fyangzhouminibooklet.pdf||target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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