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Yangzhou, a former silk road trading center

Monday, September 23, 2019
Yangzhou, a former silk road trading center

 

Once one of the wealthiest cities in China, Yangzhou developed as a major trading center for salt, rice and silk. Located on a plain north of the Yangtze River, the city contains the Runyang Yangtze River Bridge complex which has one of the longest suspension bridge spans in the world. A network of canals, along with small lakes, cover the city which has had an association with water that goes back thousands of years.

Things to Do in Yangzhou

bridge over slender west lake

Caitriana Nicholson from 北京 ~ Beijing, 中国 ~ China, Slender West Lake 瘦西湖 (5811426915), CC BY-SA 2.0

A well-known scenic spot that meanders through Yanghou’s western limits, this lake was named after Hangzhou’s famous West Lake. Enjoy a walk beneath weeping willows and step onto a square terrace with pavilions at each of its corners. If you like fish, check out the Fishing Platform, the Qing emperor Qian Long’s favorite fishing spot. The emperor was always lucky at this spot due to local swimmers, who lurked in the lake, attaching fish to his hook.

An archway in Daming Temple

Huangchenhai, Archway, Daming Temple, Yangzhou, CC BY-SA 4.0

Located on Shugang Hill, Daming temple was constructed around the hill and consists of three parts. If you like poetry, check out the Pingshan Hall which was built by Ouyang Xizu, a well-known Song Dynasty Poet and the Gulin Hall, built by his student Su Dongpo. Many famous Chinese poets such as Bai Juyi and Liu Yuxi have visited the site and have written numerous poems to praise its charm. If you’ve read any Chinese poetry, you can contemplate how they refer to each structure or if you feel inspired, try writing your own.

stone formation in Geyuan garden

Cangminzho, 夏山0956, CC BY-SA 4.0

Geyuan garden is a representation of the four seasons. Spring is represented by bamboo and rock, Summer by steel-grey Taihu stone (a porous type of limestone), Autumn by Huangshan stone (stone found near Mt. Huangshan) and Winter by Xue Stone (white stone that glitters in the sunlight and looks like snow. Spend some time wandering through this unique garden and imagine you can feel the freshness of spring, the heat of summer, the bit of autumn and the chill of winter no matter what season it is outside.

What to Eat

 

Yangzhou fried rice

Ceeseven, Yeung Chow Fried Rice in Hong Kong Fast Food Shop, CC BY-SA 4.0

Yangzhou fried rice, also known as Yeung Chow Fried Rice, is a familiar looking dish. Found in some variation or the other in American Chinese restaurants, it is a well-known dish in China. Lightly flavored, it isn’t as greasy as some of the American-Chinese versions tend to be and is seasoned with vegetables, scrambled eggs and ham.

steamed dumplingsstock photo of steamed dumplings

 

San Ding Bao Zhi, steamed buns that contain 2 types of diced meat (chicken and pork) and 1 dice of bamboo shoots are a breakfast staple in Yangzhou. Both portable and delicious, these make a great snack in addition to breakfast. Eating one of these should keep you full until lunchtime.

 

Excited to go to the Geyuan garden and take a trip through all four seasons in a day?

 

After researching popular Yangzhou attractions, start planning your visit by checking out China’s tourist visa requirements here.

 

 

 


 

 

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