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Home Chinese Cities and Province Information Jiangsu Province Yangzhou

China City Information: Yangzhou

Yangzhou Basics
  Area (City)  1,024 square km
  Area (Metro)  6,634 square km
Population:  4.6 million (2008)
Coordinates:  3215'-3225'N  11901'-11954'E
Local Time:  
January Average  Temperature:  1.8C (35.24F)
July Average  Temperature:  27.5C (81.5F)
Average Frost Free Days:  220 days/ year
Average Elevation:  3.5 meters
Annual Rainfall:  1,020 mm
Annual Sunshine:  2,140 hours
Phone Area Code:  0514
Postal Code:  225000
A Brief Introduction of Yangzhou

Yangzhou, a city in Jiangsu province, is located on the lower reaches of the Yangti River and the Huaihe River. It was a major ancient economic and cultural center in eastern China. The citys history dates back to 486 BC, when a long ditch called the Han Ditch was dug. This project later led to the construction of the Grand Canal that stretched over 1,000 miles to link the fertile south with Beijing.

The famous monk, Jianzhen, sailed from here to take Buddhist doctrine to Japan during the Tang Dynasty. Puhaddin, a 16th-generation descendant of the prophet, Mohammed, came to Yangzhou on a religious mission in the 13th century, and was buried on his own wish in the city. Marco Polo served as the city's governor general for three years.

Yangzhou, also called Guangling and Weiyang in history, has many historical sites. Among them are the 1,500-years-old Daming Temple, the Fajin Temple built partly to commemorate the monk, Jianzhen, and ruins of temporary palaces used by several emperors for some 3,000 years.

The most interesting scenic spot in the city is perhaps Shou Xihu, or Slim West Lake, which is so named because it resembles the West Lake in Hangzhou in terms of natural beauty, but is narrower and more twisted.



Yangzhou Related News
The Best of Yangzhou in March -- As Tang Dynasty poet Li Bai famously wrote, "Go to Yangzhou in March, in the mist of the flowers of spring". During the time of Li Bai, mention of Yangzhou evoked images of prosperity and romance. Today, much of the city's heritage is still alive within its narrow lanes and well preserved family gardens situated in the old town area.

Hundreds of cobbled stone lanes sprawl outwards from the center of Yangzhou's seven square kilometer old town area like tree roots; heading in different directions, overlapping with one another, linking together a number of historical residences along the way. The largest and most visited of these lanes is Guandong Street.

Over 1000 meters in length, the street was once a business hub where people would come to buy their daily supplies, including food and small furniture. Thankfully, this tradition is still alive today, as tourists can find almost every kind of local specialty food and handicraft on offer here.

Small, homey eateries selling steamed buns, sticky rice balls and bean curd snacks open their doors to neighbors and friends living nearby while also welcoming tourists at the same time. A light meal usually costs about ten to twenty yuan; a price as friendly as the places themselves.

Less in number but equally popular are the workshops run by generations of craftsmen which appear around every corner of the street. Yangzhou was a cradle of artists in times past; workshops dedicated to embroidery, paper cutting and lacquer work once flourished here.

And although Guandong Street is usually billed as the essence of historical Yangzhou, what travelers usually end up seeing is the everyday life of the modern day city. ( 2012-03-14 )


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