No.1 Water Country of China
Zhouzhuang Town,Once called Zhenfengli,is located in Kunshan City ,30km to The Southeast of Suzhou in Jiangsu Province covering an area of 0.4 Sq.km.
Bridge Water and house
Zhouzhuang is well known for its beautiful environment and simple architecture Although more than 900 years have past,its architectural style is still well preserved ,More than 60 percent of the residential houses were built during the Ming (1368-1644)and Qing(1644-1911) dynasties, consisting of nearly 100 classic courtyards and 60 carved brick archways.
A township on water
The most interesting travel route is walking along the banks or rowing a boat Through the stone arch bridges to view the residential houses along the waterside. The houses commonly have two floors,with white walls and black roofs ,various styles of windows out of which often poke many bamboo poles carrying the household laundry.The local people use the water to do their washing,and also do their shopping by lowering a pole with a basket on the end to the vendors sitting in their boats. Along the roads,there are various forms of stone blocks every 10 meters for the boats stop
Nanjing -- Confucius Temple
Nanjing Confucius Temple is for consecrating and worshipping Confucius,the great thingker and educator of ancient China.
Nanjing Confucius temple was built in Song Dynasty(A.D.1034) and expanded in East Jin Dynasty.These architecture was ruined and rebuilt for several times.The Confucius Temple once was rebuilt in Qing Dynasty(A.D.1869) but was serious fired and destroyed by the Japanese aggresser troops in 1937.In order to protect the old city,the Chinese Govemment appropriated funds to rebuild and fix the Confucius Temple. Nowadays it has re-expressed its splendid civilization to the world and has been Nregarded the special scenery of anjing.In 1991,the Confucius Temple was elected the "Forty Best Scenery Spots".
Suzhou -- Pan Gate
Pan Gate is a city gate in land and water In term of the Five Dynasties and ten counties, Suzhou was capital of Wu. By reason of abundant water resorce in Suzhou, there was built many city gates what used in both land and water. Pan Gate is one of the gates in that term which is protented better. The sight includes tree parts, Ruiguang tower, Wu Gate Bridge and Pan Gate tower.
Suzhou -- Zhuozheng Garden
Zhuozheng Garden in Suzhou and the summer palace, the summer resort, the Liu Garden are called the Chinese famous four garden. It was first built in Zhengde term in Ming dynasty (1506-1521) in which area is approximate 40,000 centiare . It is famous for water view that are be coverd water is 3/5. Mainly architecture was built beside water what seems frugal and lucidus, elegant and artless.
Suzhou -- the Lion Forest Garden
Compactly yet harmoniously spaced, the Lion Forest Garden has a prominent part for series of man-made mountains with various buildings around the lake, and an artificial waterfall and cliffs at the edge of the lake on the west. Remains of the 14th century man-made mountains, covering 1,152 sq.m. and being the largest of all at Suzhou, can be still seen today. Noted for its labyrinthine mountains with winding pathways and caverns, old pines and cypress trees, awesome peaks and jogged rocks of grotesque shapes resembling dancing lions with striking and unusual poses, it possesses with pride the true delights of mountain and forest scenery in limited space with a flavor of Zen Buddhism.
Suzhou -- Yipu
Suzhou, a city looks like a big gardens. You can feel her unique feature wherever. When you walk on the streets, Suzhou people speaking with an southern accent would sell to you various stuff what filled elegant sense. Diaphanous, ingenious, dignified, You can use every adjective to describe SuZhou as these.
A gondola ride along the canal is a good way to see the town. It costs 60 RMB per gondola in Tong Li (max. 6 person, excluding children) and 80 RMB in Zhou Zhuang (max. 8 person). If you don't want to pay for the whole gondola, just chip in and ride with fellow tourists if your group is under the max. number.
Tip: Try to get a female gondola rower, there more likely to sing traditional Wu-dialect songs during the ride.Related to:
- Family Travel
Nanjing, the 'southern capital', once was the Replic of China's capital after World War II. Besides Dr. Sun Zhongshan's maoseleum, a must-see, the city used to be the 'greeniest' among all Chinese cities.
It has a long history as well, onced to be an ancient capital for a short while. More later.
Wu Xi/Lake Tai Hu
Lake Tai Hu used to be a very beautiful place, and I liked it better than Suzhou. However, for past several years, they built several theme parks along the lake, which I think totally ruined the peace and the charm of it.
Before many people can afford to fly and/or drve their own cars, Lake Taihu used to be Shanghai people's weekend/recreation/honeymoon place. The Shanghai tourists also jumped up the local prices.
There are many watertowns in Jiangsu province, where preserve relatively well of their traditional Chinese architecture and life style, to certain degrees.
The few known to general tourists are Tong Li, Lu Zhi, Mu Du etc, all not far from Suzhou.
Elderly Singers of Traditional Songs
Along the canal, there'll probably be some women singing traditional, regional songs. Adds to the old world feel and experience.Related to:
- Family Travel
Suzhou - part of the heaven
More photos in Suzhou page for now.
Suzhou is mainly famous for its classical gardens, silk industry, and ping tan - a local musical. Suzhou is on UNESCO World Heritage list.
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