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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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....more
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...more
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.more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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.more
Named after Hangzhou's famous West Lake, this long, narrow stretch of water which meanders through Yangzhou's western limits has been a well-known scenic spot since the 3rd century A.D. It stretches northwards towards Daming Temple and is lined with willow trees, pavilions, gardens and bridges of which the Five Pavilion Bridge and 24 Bridge are the...more
This magnificent tomb of Liu Xu, first ruler of the Western Han Guangling Kingdom (present day Yangzhou) (202 BC – 9 AD) is located to the east of the Daming Temple. The tomb is five levels deep. Its second level comprises 840 nanmu (cedar) bricks joined by hooks. The third level housed the warehouse, the fourth level the king's living quarters,...more
We had a triple room, with 1 double bed and 1 single bed. The room also came with a small living...more
Have stayed twice. Reasonable standard and facilities though staff seem a little confused at times....more
Motel 168 are fairly cheap mid-range, no-frills type chain of hotels found all over China and each...more
Yechun Teahouse is one of the 3 famous teahouses of Yangzhou. It specialises in Yangzhou-style (Huaiyang) dimsum and is extremely popular with locals, especially for breakfast tea. You could choose to order by set (per person) or ala carte, out of which I would prefer the latter. Some of the most tasty and authentic items to order here would be...more
Calling this a "restaurant" would be a misnomer. Gonghechun is one of the 3 famous teahouses of Yangzhou. However this one looks like a canteen...! Don't expect any ambience here, but you can find tasty local fare at very reasonable (or actually, dirt-cheap!) prices. Bring a large appetite!Unfortunately the establishment has a strange rule against...more
The restaurant is in a non-central part of town which looked a little scary (not lively) when we came by taxi, but this has to be one of the best restaurants I've eaten at in Yangzhou. It's very popular with locals, if you come without reservations during mealtime, be prepared to have to wait and have to share tables with other diners (no you don't...more
This is a collection of restaurants, bars and such, the atmosphere and architectural style is similar to 1912 in Nanjing (probably the same developer/management) and Xintiandi in Shanghai.I didn't have the opportunity to eat or drink anywhere here, but from the range of options I see that the places here are not limited to the high-class, expensive...more
If you are an expat in town head for The Brewery in the 1912 Bar Area on a bend of the Grand Canal. There was also another bar i went to a few times known as both Alices/Cellar bar but on my last trip in November 09 seemed closed.Good food, beers brewed in house are great - tasty but lethal.Crowd are a mix of locals and expats. Great Filipino band...more
8 Reviews and Opinions
Yangzhou's train links are weak (although the train station is said to be very nice); the nearest airport is the one at Nanjing. That makes long-distance bus the most convenient mode of transport to get to, as well as out of Yangzhou.
There're 2 long-distance bus stations in Yangzhou, and neither is particularly central -- the main long-distance bus station is to the southwest, and the East long-distance bus station is to the east. My guess is that buses would usually start from one and stop at the other, ours started from the main station and stopped at the East station. However there were no seats left so we took on no more people.
Long-distance bus to Shanghai costs 98 RMB and would take about 4-5 hours. Our bus arrived at Shanghai main long-distance bus station.
Favorite thing: Yangzhou is a city with a smallish downtown area. Walking or cycling would be a good way to explore the place at a leisurely pace. Otherwise, taxis are inexpensive and can save time.