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Yangzhou, on the other bank of Yangtze River, emerged during the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 B.C.) when Fu Chai,king of the Wu State, built his defence system, Eventually it grew into a large, population city. Emperor Yangdi of the Sui Dynasty (581-618) visited prostitutes here; emperors Huizong and Gaozong of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) built their temporary palaces here, and Qing Emperor Qianlong visited six times.

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 honour and it deserves, too.

The city was founded by the 4th century BC, with its oldest known name being Kuang-ling. Its first location was east of the present site. In 590 AD, Kuang-ling began to be called Yangzhou, which was the traditional name of the entire southeastern part of China. Beginning in the 7th century, Yangzhou was the chief commercial city of the Yangtze area, due to its importance as a canal port, seaport, and administrative center.

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

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Overview As the longest man-made waterway as well as being the greatest in ancient China, the Grand Canal certainly lives up to its moniker, stretching 1,764km,it's ten times longer than the Suez Canel and twenty times that of the Panama Canal. Running from ...Read More
Fenghuang Island, a primary ecological tourism zone, is located in Tai'an town, 10 kilometers east of the downtown Yangzhou. It comprises seven riversGaoshui, Taiping, Jinwan, Fenghuang, Xihe, Bihu and the Beijing Hangzhou Grand Canal in an area of 31 square ...Read More
Shou Xi Hu, known as "Slender West Lake" is one of Yangzhou's largest and most striking sights. The graden's layout gave rise to its name - it runs along both sides of a remarkably slender lake which snakes through the north part of the city,. Connoisseurs of ...Read More

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by Tanaka 2011-05-23
The ancient Tangchneng City Ruins is located at Shugang Hill, the northwest of the outskirts of Yangzhou City. During the Eastern Zhou Dynasty, Fuchai, the lord of the Wu State, began to build up the city of Han to contend for the hegemony over the central plain region. Later in the Han Dynasty, the city of Guangling was constructed. And even later in 783 A. ...
by Monica 2011-05-23
Daming Temple, located on a hillslope in the northwestern suburb of Yangzhou.It is one of the oldest temples in the City, having a history of over 1,500 years. Once Emperor Qianlong by the Qing dynasty toured Yangzhou and was unhappy to see the name of the temple "Daming", for he took it to mean "great Ming". (Ming dynasty was ruled by the Manchus, a ...
by Cadmus 2011-05-23
Heyuan Garden, originally named Jixiao Mountain Village, is located at the central part of Xunningmen Street on the north bank of the ancient Canal. It was built by He Zhidao,a high-ranking official and dates back to the 9th year of Qing Dynasty Emperor Guangxu's reign(1883). The garden is dicided into three parts: the northern part is the rear garden; the ...