Yangzhou Things to Do

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    Slim is Always Beautiful

    by ellyse Written Jan 8, 2010

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    Slender West Lake is undoubtedly the most famous sight in Yangzhou... and it's further echoed by the astronomical admission fee! The most famous, and most oft-photographed sight here must be the 5-Pavilion Bridge, which can be said to be the symbol of Yangzhou. Near the north side of the lake, it's possible to see another renowned bridge (24 Bridge) and also th pagoda of Daming Temple in the distance.
    Expensive admission price aside, Slender West Lake is especially lovely in spring. The 3rd lunar month has traditionally been the favourite time to visit Yangzhou, with all kinds of vividly colourful flowers blooming in Slender West Lake, He Garden and the such. In various seasons, there're different kinds of flowers to admire here.
    Other than flowers, boating on the lake is also an option. However I wasn't interested, regardless of price!
    In spring, avoid going on the weekend. Too many people and tour groups!
    In one of the pavilions you can find a group of locals singing local Yangzhou "qing1 qu3" (a local form of opera), accompanied by traditional Chinese instruments. I'm not sure if they're there everyday, but on different weekends in 2007 and 2009 I've seen them at the same pavilion!
    Admission to Slender West Lake costs 90 RMB, no student price. There's also a combined admission package available. Costing 180 RMB and valid over 2 consecutive days, the package includes Slender West Lake (90 RMB), Ge Garden (40 RMB), Daming Temple (45 RMB), He Garden (40 RMB) and the one-way Grand Canal cruise (40 RMB). If you're not planning to go to at least 3 of these sights (including Slender West Lake), then buying separate admission tickets would be more worthwhile.

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    Flower-Viewing in Yangzhou

    by ellyse Written Jan 8, 2010

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    The 3rd lunar month has traditionally been the favourite time to visit Yangzhou, with all kinds of vividly colourful flowers blooming in Slender West Lake, He Garden and the such. In various seasons, there're different kinds of flowers to admire here.

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    Cruising on the Grand Canal

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    The Grand Canal dates from the Sui dynasty, when it was instrumental in bringing the rich produce of the Yangtze River delta area to the capital. Nowadays, with land transport being much more efficient and economical, the Grand Canal is only used for leisure and tourism.
    A one-way ticket is 40 RMB, round-trip is 50 RMB. There's also a combined admission package available. Costing 180 RMB and valid over 2 consecutive days, the package includes Slender West Lake (90 RMB), Ge Garden (40 RMB), Daming Temple (45 RMB), He Garden (40 RMB) and the one-way Grand Canal cruise (40 RMB). If you're not planning to go to at least 3 of these sights (including Slender West Lake), then buying separate admission tickets would be more worthwhile. Personally if I wasn't buying the combined ticket then I wouldn't bother forking out the extra money for the cruise.

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    Eden Is His, Not Hers

    by ellyse Updated Jan 8, 2010

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    Apologies for the bad pun on the name, this tip is about He Garden. :P Built during the late Qing dynasty, it was held in high regard for its beauty of its architecture, the best of private gardens in that era. "He" is the surname of the household who lived here; it was also named "Ji Xiao Villa" after one of poet Tao Yuanming's works.
    The most imposing building in here is built in a somewhat Western style, named Yuxiu Building. The architecture reminded me somewhat of the shikumen houses in Shanghai, a blend of Western and Chinese flavours. Some of the rooms house a museum telling the story of the family who used to live here.
    The garden is also famous for it's 1.5 km-long covered walkway (Fudao Walkway) and the only opera stage to be surrounded by water. The opera stage is named Shuixinting, which means "pavilion in the middle of the water".
    In spring, flowers bloom aplenty throughout the garden, making it a colourful, refreshing place. Just don't come during the weekend, especially not the Qingming Festival holiday, as the garden is mobbed during that time. We actually stayed quite a long time past the closing time -- there is a restaurant in the garden which's open for dinner (not sure about lunch or tea) so I suppose they thought we were diners. It was much nicer being able to relax in the relative tranquility after all the crowds and tour groups were gone.
    Admission is 40 RMB, no student price. There's also a combined admission package available. Costing 180 RMB and valid over 2 consecutive days, the package includes Slender West Lake (90 RMB), Ge Garden (40 RMB), Daming Temple (45 RMB), He Garden (40 RMB) and the one-way Grand Canal cruise (40 RMB). If you're not planning to go to at least 3 of these sights (including Slender West Lake), then buying separate admission tickets would be more worthwhile.

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    A (Ge) Garden For Pandas

    by ellyse Updated Jan 8, 2010

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    Or more specifically, a garden that is famed as one of the 4 best classical Chinese gardens in history, with the other 3 being the Summer Palace of Beijing, the Summer Resort of Chengde, and the Humble Administrator's Garden of Suzhou. The garden was named "Ge" as it's full of bamboo (pandas' favourite food, albeit not these kinds) -- the character for "ge" is the left half of the character for "bamboo".
    Built in the later part of the Qing dynasty, the garden prides itself on its intricate rockeries that are said to illustrate the 4 seasons -- you could enjoy playing hide-and-seek in them.
    Admission is 30 RMB in Jan/Feb/Jul/Aug, and 40 RMB for the rest of the year, no student price. There's also a combined admission package available. Costing 180 RMB and valid over 2 consecutive days, the package includes Slender West Lake (90 RMB), Ge Garden (40 RMB), Daming Temple (45 RMB), He Garden (40 RMB) and the one-way Grand Canal cruise (40 RMB). If you're not planning to go to at least 3 of these sights (including Slender West Lake), then buying separate admission tickets would be more worthwhile.

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    China Block Printing Museum & Yangzhou Museum

    by ellyse Written Jan 8, 2010

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    This newish building houses both Yangzhou Museum and the China Block Printing Museum under the same roof.
    We started with the China Woodblock Printing Museum. The displays were well-presented and interesting -- there's even a hands-on section on the lowest floor where you can see demonstrations.
    The Yangzhou Museum paled in comparison as the collection on display was rather small. The gem of the museum is a Yuan-dynasty glazed vase/bottle which has a blue background and a white dragon. No photos are allowed here (there are security watching!) but it's featured on the museum's website.
    Admission is free, but the museum is closed on Mondays, and sometimes around New Year holidays. During the Chinese public holidays the museum will open even on Mondays. Opening hours are 0900--1700 but the last admission is at 1600. I would advise about 2-3 hours if you want to look in detail.

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    Yangzhou City Museum - Dragon boat

    by Willettsworld Written Jun 27, 2009
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    This dragon boat was unearthed on March 3rd 1960 in a branch of the Yangzi River in Shiqiao, Hanjiang County. It is made out of a single tree and is 13.65m long, 0.75m wide and 0.56m deep and dates back to the Tang dynasty (618-907).

    Open: 9am-5pm. Admission: Free.

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    Yangzhou City Museum

    by Willettsworld Written Jun 27, 2009
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    This excellent, new museum opened in October 2005 but is rather stupidly located about 3-4km west of the city. Anyway, it’s well worth a visit. The museum is split into five sections: Hall of Monographic Exhibition, China Bloack Printing, Hall of National Treasure, Hall of Painting & Calligraphy and Hall of Yangzhou History.

    Open: 9am-5pm. Admission: Free.

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    Tomb of Puhading

    by Willettsworld Written Jun 27, 2009

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    This is essentially a Ming Dynasty graveyard that includes the tomb of Puhading who died in 1275. According to information at the tomb, he was a 16th generation descendant of Muhammad, The Prophet. The tomb is on the eastern bank of the (Old) Grand Canal in the eastern sector of the city and is adjacent to a mosque which houses a collection of valuable materials documenting China's relations with Muslim countries.

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    Dongguan Old Ferry

    by Willettsworld Written Jun 27, 2009
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    In the second year of Jinzhong Tang (826 A.D.), Bo Wang, the transport envoy in charge of salt and iron, opened the Qiligang Canal which allowed the Grand Canal to go around the south and east of the city. This ferry, which I think really should be dock, was the main one outside the east of the city.

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    Iron cannon

    by Willettsworld Written Jun 27, 2009

    These two iron cannon where excavated in 2000 on the site of the East Gate. They are thought to have been abandoned during the War of Taiping Heavenly Kingdom (1843). Another iron cannon of the same date can be found in the Yangzhou Museum.

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    Old road of the Northern Song Dynasty

    by Willettsworld Written Jun 27, 2009

    This is a section of road that leads out of the city from the East Gate. The road links with the Grand Canal and runs through the old town to the west of the city. It is built in an arch shape which makes it convenient for the rain water to be drained off into the ditches either side.

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    Ge Yuan Garden - Part 1

    by Willettsworld Written Jun 27, 2009
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    This garden is the most famous in Yangzhou and was designed and built, in 1883, by the great Qing Dynasty landscape painter Shi Tao for Wang Yingtai, an officer of the Qing imperial court, this garden takes its name from the shape of bamboo leaves which resemble the Chinese character ge, meaning "self". It features weirdly shaped rocks, pavilions and lotus ponds.

    You can visit it for free if you purchase the more expensive ticket for the Slender West Lake.

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    Buddhist Culture Museum

    by Willettsworld Written Jun 27, 2009
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    This newly opened museum is housed within Tianning Temple next door to the Yangzhou Hotel. The museum is slit into sections like "Chinese Buddhism Stories", "Buddhism and Yangzhou", "Buddhist Temples" (which displays models and photos on different temple architecture), "Stories of the Guan-yin Buddha", "Stories of Zen Buddhism", "Collection of the Buddhist Paintings" and "Buddhist Music".

    Admission: Y40.

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    Potted Plant Garden

    by Willettsworld Written Jun 27, 2009
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    This bonsai garden is located along the road leading to the southern entrance to the Slender West Lake and you can visit it for free if you purchase the more expensive ticket for the lake park. The garden features archways, bridges and pavilions as well as hundreds of bonsai-type potted plants.

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