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Travel in the Yangtze River Delta

Last updated by meimeili at 2014/3/4; Destinations: shanghai,suzhou,hangzhou

Yangtze River Delta starts at Nantong-Yangzhou Canal in the north and ends at Hangzhou Bay in the south, and stretches from Nanjing in the west to China East Sea in the east, geographically including Shanghai, south Jiangsu Province and north Zhejiang Province. Yangtze River Delta is very rich in tourist resources, highlighted by Yangtze River Cruise and  Huangpu River night cruise, along which the highly recommended tourist cities include Suzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai.

Tourist Highlights in Suzhou

With a long history of over 2,500 years ago, Suzhou has been famous for its small bridges over the flowing stream and elegant classical gardens in China, where the modern element combines with the classical element perfectly as one.

lingering garden

Suzhou was the most prosperous city during the Ming (1368- 1644) and the Qing (1616 -1911) Dynasties, where private gardens were dotted everwhere. As a key tourist city of China, Suzhou is abundant in tourist scenic spots, which is highlighted by its gardens and ancient water towns. Suzhou gardening is a combining art of architecture, mountains and rivers, flowers and trees, carvings, calligraphy and painting works, and it perfectly integrates natural beauty into artistic beauty, whose scenery changes with every step you make.

Suzhou gardens boast of being the best of its kind in the world, where more than 60 classical gardens are well-retained, highlighted by the Humble Administrator's Garden, the Lingering Garden, the Pavilion of Surging Waves and the Lion’s Grove.

The Lingering Garden

Built in the Wanli Period of the Ming (1368- 1644) Dynasty, the Lingering Garden is among the four famous Chinese gardens along with the Old Summer Palace of Beijing, Chengdu Summer Resort and the Humble Administrator’s Garden, where the halls, corridors, pink walls, caves, rockeries, ponds set off numerous flowers and trees, fully representing the traditional garden style of the south of the Yangtze River. The highlighted attractions in the garden include the Curved Stream Tower, the Breeze Pond Hall and Crown Cloud Peak.tongli

Location: 338, Liuyuan Road, Jinchang District, Suzhou
Opening time: 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Transport: bus 161, 311, 318, 34, 36, 406, 44, 50, 522, 64, 70, 7, 800, 85, 921 and 933

Humble Administrator's Garden

Built in the Zhengde Period of the Ming (1368- 1644) Dynasty, the Humble Administrator’s Garden is the largest of its kind in Suzhou, and it’s awarded “the Mother of the Chinese Gardens”. The elegant garden gives prominence to rockeries and water, where the courtyards are distributed among trees and flowers in picturesque disorder.
The Humble Administrator’s Garden is highlighted by the Hall of Orchid Snow and the Green-Tinged Pavillion, of which the former is decorated with a Painting of Green Bamboos in the north. The Green-Tinged Pavillion is just like a Phoenix ready for flying. The Bonsai Garden is also worthy of your visiting, where over 50 different species are exhibited.

Location: 178, Dongbei Avenue, Pingjiang District, Suzhou
Opening time: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Transport: bus 529, 313, 40, 202, 923, 178, 301, 309 and 518

Pavilion of Surging Waves

Built by Su Shunqi in the Northern Song Dynasty, the Pavilion of Surging Waves is centered with rockeries, where the bamboos sets off their reflection in the pond, and it has a rustic charm of its own.

The halls and terraces are built around rockeries, highlighted by Hall of Fragrance, Exquisite Greenness Hall and Imperial Stele Pavilion. More than 700 pieces of stone carvings are available here, all of which were written by famous scholars from the Song (960 -1279), the Yuan (1206-1368), the Ming (1368- 1644) and the Qing (1616 -1911) Dynasties.

Location: 3, Canglangting Avenue, Sanyuanfang, Suzhou
Opening time: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Transport: bus (游) 1, (游) 2, (游) 4, (游) 5, 27, 30, 39, 101, 102, 103, 218, 261, 308 and 309

The Lion’s Grove

With a history of over 650 years, the Lion Grove is a representative classical garden of the Yuan Dynasty (1206-1368), which is dotted with rockeries, long corridors, terraces and pavilions, and it’s awarded “the Kingdom of Rockeries”. It is famous for its grotesque lion-shaped rockeries, where the famous architectural buildings include Swallow Honor (Yan Yu Hall) Hall, Standing-in-the-Snow Hall, the Lotus Hall, the True Pleasure Pavilion and the Fan Pavilion. The roof of the True Pleasure Pavilion is decorated with vivid patterns of figures and flowers, near which a stone boat stands, and you can climb up the Flying Waterfall Pavilion by walking along the stone boat.

Tourist Highlights in Hangzhou

Built in the Qin Dynasty (221 B.C. -206 B.C.) of 2,200 years ago, Hangzhou has been a famous prosperous city since the Sui Dynasty (581 -618), which served as capitals of the State of Wu, the State of Yue and the Southern Song Dynasty (1127 -1279). Hangzhou is not only famous for its profound cultural and commercial atmosphere in China, but it’s well-known for its tourist scenic spots, and it’s praised as “the most beautiful and splendid city in the world” by famous Italian traveler, Marco Polo.

Hangzhou is the provincial capital of the Zhejiang Province, where the scenery of lakes and mountains are extremely beautiful, and it’s awarded the paradise on the earth by the ancient Chinese poets. Hangzhou is a famous historical and cultural city of China and has become a modern transport hub and political and economic center of southeast China, where the most celebrated scenic spots are West Lake, Lingyin Temple and Longjing Tea Village.

West Lake

the west lake

Surrounded by mountains on three sides, Hangzhou West Lake is celebrated for its picturesque mountains and water and numerous cultural relics. The West Lake is home to 10 attractions, including the Su Causeway in Spring, Orioles Singing in the Willows, Lingering Snows on Broken Bridge, Three Pools Mirroring the Moon and Leifeng Pagoda in the Sunset, and it is extremely beautiful when enshrouded in mist and rain. The fantastic scenery of the Three Pools Mirroring the Moon is shown on the back of 20 yuan RMB, which fully represents its special position in West Lake.

Location: West Lake Scenic Area, Xihu District, Hangzhou
Opening time: all day long
Transport: bus K7, 27, 308, (游) 1, (游) 2, (游) 3, (游) 4 and (游) 1

Lingying Temple

With a long history of over 1,700 years, Hangzhou Lingyin Buddhist Temple was built in the first year (326) of Xianhe Period of the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317 -420), where the environment is very clean and serene. The temple is flooded with a large number of visitors who pray for peace and happiness each day, especially on the first day of lunar new year, where the highlight is the Peak Flown From Afar.

In the temple the 8-meter (26 -feet) tall octagonal stone Ligong Tower stands, where the cremains of the high-learnt monk Hui Li was buried. Walking past Spring-Murmuring Pavilion (Chunzong Pavilion), the Peak Flown from Afar and the Cold Spring are before your eyes, where the scenery is very enthralling. The main architectural buildings of the temple include the Hall of Great Buddha, the Hall of Heavenly King and the Hall of Five Hundred Arhats.
Location: in the front of Peak Flown from Afar, west of the West Lake Scenic Area, Xihu District, Hangzhou

Opening time: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Transport: bus J17, J18, K837, K7, K807, Y1, Y4 and Y2,

Longjing Tea Village

Surrounded by peaks and mountains, Longjing Tea Village is home to the authentic Longjing Tea, whose topography lowers from north to south with the Lion Peak and in the northwest and the Nine Streams in the south, and it was said that the Longjing tea from the village was the favourite of the Emperor Qianlong of the Qing (1616 -1911) Dynasty.

meijiawu tea plantation

Longjing Tea Village is very rich in tourist resources, which are represented by the Imperial Tea Garden, the Temple of Hu Gong, Nine Brooks and Eighteen Dales and the Old Dragon Well.

Location: Longjing Village, northwest of Wengjia Mountain, west of the West Lake Scenic Area, Hangzhou
Opening time: all day long
Transport: bus Y2, Y3 and 27

Tourist Highlights in Shanghai

As one of the four municipalities directly under China’s Central Government (along with Beijing, Tianjin and Chongqing) and the biggest city in China, Shanghai is a newly-emerging tourist city with profound cultural connotation and numerous historical heritages. Shanghai is blessed with rich and colorful tourist resources, among which the famous scenic spots include the Bund, Yuyuan Garden, Xintiandi, The Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Jade Buddha Temple, Toronto Road Cultural Celebrity Street, Shanghai Aquarium and Shanghai Automobile Museum.

The Bund

The 1.5 -kilometer (0.9 -mile) long bund is a must-visit scenic spot of Shanghai, which is noted for its international architecture exhibition in the world, and it backs on the Huangpu River in the east and faces World Architecture Cluster in the west, including Asia Tower, Dongfeng Hotel, Mercantile Tower and HSBC Tower.

the bund

Shanghai Bund serves as a venue for people to take exercises in the morning, to appreciate the fine view along the Huangpu River in the daytime and to date for lovers in the evening. As night falls, the exotic architectural buildings on the bund are just like crystal palaces, whose beauty stuns the visitors.

Location: the First East Zhongshan Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Opening time: all day long
Transport: bus 928, 926, 921, 910, 868, 576, 251, 145, 135 and 123

Yuyuan Garden

With a history of more than 400 years, Yuyuan Garden served as a private garden in the Ming (1368- 1644) Dynasty, and it’s among the classical gardens in the south of Yangtze River. Yuyuan Garden is delicately designed and proportionally distributed, which is dotted by well-decorated pavilions, terraces, bridges, rockeries and ponds, and the highlighted scenic spots include the Three Tassel Pavilion, the Nine-Curve Bridge, the Mid-Lake Pavilion, Iron Lion and the Listening-to-Tide Pavilion .

The granite-structured Nine-Curve Bridge is 18 meters (20 yards) long and 2 meters (2.2 yards) wide, below which is the Free-Life Pond, and it’s a wonderful site for visitors to sip a cup of tea and play chesses. In addition, the garden is also dotted with numerous brick carvings, stone carvings, clay carvings and wood carvings, which are of a high aesthetic value.

yuyuan garden

Location: 137, Anren Street, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Opening time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Transport: bus 11, 26, 64, 66, 920, 926 and 930

Jade Buddha Temple

The Jade Buddha Temple has a history of over 120 years, which is harmoniously distributed in an elegant style. Along the central axis of the temple is lined with the Hall of Heavenly King, the Hall of Grand Buddha and the Hall of Jade Buddha, flanked by the Hall of Reclining Buddha, the Hall of Kwan-yin, the Hall of Bronze Buddha and the Dinning Hall. Jade Buddha Temple attracts visitors from near and far to pray for peace and happiness each day, which is a holy quiet place in the bustling Shanghai downtown.

Location: 170, Anyuan Road, Putuo District, Shanghai
Opening time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Transport: bus 105, 106, 13, 316, 319 and 950lingering garden