The most delicious food offered by Autumn
During the autumn time(from Sep to Nov), the local people have the custom to eat the river crab.
The best crab is breeded in a lake called Yang Cheng Hu, located in the city of Kunshan where is not far from Shanghai.
The Tomb Palace Gate
The Tomb palace gate,also named as "Civil and Military Gate" is the front door to the main buildings 150-200 meters north to the Imperial River Bridge.The original gate had five gateways,three larger and two smaller.
The main gateway had a hip-and-gable roof covered with yellow glazed tiles.It was destroyed during the rign of Emperor Xian Feng of the Qing Dynasty and,when repaired during the reign of Emperor Tong Zhi,only one gateway was restored out of financial restriction.What we can see know is a reproduction of the original made in 1998 according to archeological investigation.
The Tomb Palace Section
The Tomb palace Section,main body of the Xiaoling Tomb,is composed of the tomb palace,the Treasure Mound,the Treasure city and the underground palace.
The tomb palace,enclosed within a lofty wall rectangular in plan,is divided into three layers of yards,main architectures in which include a series of sacrificial buildings such as the Tomb Palace Gate,the Gate before the Sacrificial Palace(now imperial tablet hall),the Sacrificial Palace,the Eastern and Western Side Walls,the Imperial Kitchen,the Wardrope Hall and the Well Pavillion,plus the Inner Red Gate,the Rectangular Citadel,the Screen Walls decorated with brick-carved flowers at its two sides,and the Ming Tower.At the end of the Tomb Palace are the Treasure Mound and the Treasure City.
1-The Golden Water Bridge
2-Civil and Military Gate
3-4 Eastern&Western Well Pavilions
5-the Imperial Kitchen
6-the Wardrobe Hall
7-Imperial Tablet Hall
8-9 Eastern&Western Hall
11-Inner Red Gate
13-the Treasure Mound
The Xuanwu Lake Park
The Xuanwu Lake Park is situated at northeast of Nanjing city. It possesses 472 hectares, including 368 hectares of water surface and 104 hectare of land. Its cycle is about 9.5kilometers. Xuanwu Lake runs its way of 14 square kilometers. It is an important park of Zhongshan landscape and the biggest multi-cultural entertainment park in Nanjing. The park formed with five green islets, namely, Huanzhou, Langzhou, Cuizhou, Lingzhou and Yingzhou. Each has its specialty, such as "the misty raining sight of Huanzhou", "the chrysanthemums of Liangzhou in autumn", "the cloudy trees of Cuizhou", "the mountain peak of Lingzhou" and "the flower's sea of Yingzhou". Xuanwu Lake Park boasts many fascinating scenes which will make one feel relaxed and pleasant to make an excursion to this wonderful place. Every year there are about three million tourists visiting here.
Xuanwu Lake Park was the place for the emperors and kings to use in the history. It boasts a lot of places of scenic beauty and historic interest. After liberation, the park has been repaired and expanded year by year, especially during these two years, the park has advanced very quickly. The hills, water, towers and woods are integrated into one, forming a unique scenery of various levels, called a bright pearl of Nanjing.
The first one---Huanzhou (ring like green land), beginning with Xuanwu gate, from north and south circles the lake, likes a ring land. There are thousands of willow trees on the banks, when the wing is blowing , the willow trees look like green smokes, so called " the misty raining sight of Huanzhou". Amid a group of Chinese artificial rock hills over there, stands two pieces Guanyin stone similar in appearance of Bodhisattva and is said to be a relic left behind by Song dynasty. Through there , we can see a clothing tomb of Goupu-- a literature of Dongjin dynasty , we can meet the lama temple sitting by a beautiful lotus pool and a nuona pagoda with nine stories and eight corners beside the temple. It is also interesting to visit the rose garden, a children's paradise, a children's friendship paradise and so on.
The second one - Yingzhou (a cheery islet), it is surrounded by water on four sides and encircled by huanzhou, so people named it as the islet within an islet. Because oriental cherries can be found all over area, so it is also called "the Yingzhou Flower Sea."
The third one - Lingzhou (water chestnut islet), from there we can see thousands of shapes of clouds over the Zijin mountain, so called " the mountain peak of Lingzhou". A zoo can be seen with 150 kinds over 2500 numbers of rare birds and stranger animal, it is specially favored by guests. Before the zoo gate, there is a three-dimensional flowerbed --- two dragons play a pearl. The Wumiao Sluice Gate located near the Jiefang Gate is a beautiful and quiet place.
The fourth one --Liangzhou, from Huanzhou towards north and through the Fang Bridge, is Liangzhou. It is the earliest opening and the most beautiful islet among five islets. There is a magnificent chrysanthemums exhibition every year, so called " the chrysanthemums of Liangzhou in autumn", we can see the Baiyuan Restaurant, the fish pool, the potted landscape garden. Seeing scenery building, the Friendship hall, the peony garden, and the temple of Xuanwu Lake's god, the ancient Bronze Hook well and other place. We can also play several games, such as bumper car, the cheer (children's play game).
The last one -- Cuizhou, through Cui Bridge is it. An open-air musical platform, Cuihong Hall, the " youngster's home " and the water Camp are located here. Pine, willow, bamboo and other trees formed" the cloudy trees of Cuizhou"