Traveling to Jiangsu<\/STRONG><\/FONT><\/P>\n

I. Scenery and Place of Historical<\/STRONG><\/FONT><\/P>\n

Jiangsu, with its hills, lakes, springs, gardens, and temples, has been an ideal destination for tourists since ancient times, with 16 cities been awarded with the title of China Excellent Tourism City. The scenery of Taihu Lake is the most beautiful one in five big freshwater lakes. Other lakes, such as Xuanwu Lake and Mochou Lake in Nanjing, Shouxihu Lake in Yangzhou, Yangcheng Lake in Suzhou, Yunlong Lake in Xuzhou, Tianmu Lake in Liyang, have their own characters. There are some scenic spots with the title of China¡¯s AAAA-level Tourists Attractions, such as Confucius Temple in Nanjing, Huqiu in Suzhou, Shatouzhu in Wuxi, Tianning Temple in Changzhou, Red-crowned Crane Nature Reserve Park in Yancheng, and etc. Jiangsu is famous for its traditional gardens, as Zhuozheng Garden and Liu Garden in Suzhou are the ones of four most famous gardens in China. Nine traditional gardens in Suzhou, which named as heaven in the world, have been inscribed by UNESCO on the World Heritage List. In July 2003, Nanjing Mingxiaoling Mausoleum has been inscribed on the World Heritage List, too. And there are some famous temples, such as Xixia Temple in Nanjing, Jinshan Temple in Zhenjiang, Daming Temple in Yangzhou, Hanshan Temple in Suzhou, Longchang Temple in Jurong, and etc.<\/FONT><\/P>\n

1.  Zhongshan Mountain National Park<\/STRONG>
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 Zhong Shan Ling (Dr.Sun Yat-sen\'s Mausoleum)<\/STRONG>
\"\"Zhongshanling is the mausoleum of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, great forerunner of China¡¯s democratic revolution. It is situated on the southern slope of Xiaomaoshan, eastern hill of Purple Mountain in eastern suburbs of Nanjing, Jiangsu, adjoining Xiaoling Tomb of the Ming Dynasty in the west and Linggu Temple in the east. The whole architectural complex ascends by the mountain, full of power and magnificence. The mausoleum is shaped like an alarm bell with the meaning of ¡°awakening the nation to found a Republic of China¡±. (Pic From<\/FONT><\/P>\n

 Xiaoling Tomb of Ming Dynasty: \"\"
<\/STRONG>Xiaoling Tomb of Ming Dynasty is the tomb of the first Emperor of Ming Dynasty, Zhu Yuanzhang and his queen. It is located at the foot of Wanzhu Hill of Dulongfu of southern Purple Mountain, adjoining Zhongshanling in the east and Plum Blossom Hill in the south. It is the biggest emperor¡¯s tome in Nanjing and one of the biggest in China.
In July 2003 Xiaoling Tomb of Ming Dynasty was formally added to World Heritage List on the 27th World Heritage Conference. (Pic From<\/FONT><\/P>\n

2. Suzhou Gardens<\/STRONG>
There are over 10 well-known gardens in Suzhou, namely Canglang Pavilion, Lion Forest Garden, Humble Administrator¡¯s Garden, Lingering Garden, Master-of-Nets Garden, Joyous Garden, etc. The area of Suzhou Gardens is small. However, within the limited area, Suzhou Gardens integrate spice of Chinese traditional paintings into artistic conception of Tang Poetry and Song Ci, which are interspersed with rockeries, trees, pavilions and vlies so that an artistic effect of multum in parvo is attained.<\/FONT><\/P>\n


II. Festivals and Events  <\/STRONG><\/FONT><\/P>\n

1) Plum and Cherry Blossoms Festival
Date: Early Spring<\/FONT><\/P>\n

2) Suzhou Silk Tourist Festival
Date: September 20-25 <\/FONT><\/P>\n

3) Nanjing Rain Flower Stone Art Festival
Date: September <\/FONT><\/P>\n

4) Lantern Festival
Date: 15 days after the Chinese New Year<\/FONT><\/P>\n

5) Hanshan Temple New Year Bell Ringing Festival
Date: Chinese New Year (usually January or February)<\/FONT><\/P>\n

6) Fuzi Miao Culture Festival
Date: Late April<\/FONT><\/P>\n

7) Fuzi Miao Food Festival
Date: September 15<\/FONT><\/P>\n

8) Dragon boat races
Date: Chinese Lunar Calendar 5\/5 (usually June) <\/FONT><\/P>\n

9) Xuzhou Meal Festival
Date: October & November <\/FONT><\/P>\n

10) Zhouzhuang Water Town Traditional Arts Festivals
Date: April 3 <\/FONT><\/P>\n

11) Climb the Nanjing City Wall Festival (Pa Cheng Tou)
Date: January 16 of the Chinese Lunar Calendar

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III. Special Arts and Goods<\/STRONG><\/FONT><\/P>\n

Special Arts<\/STRONG><\/FONT><\/P>\n

The traditional arts in Jiangsu are various and excellent skilled. Nanjing Yun Brocade and Suzhou Song Brocade are the ones of three famous brocades in China. Wuxi Huishan Pottery Figure is the treasure of the colorful sculpture in China, and its masterpiece is the Daafu. There are also some other arts brighten Jiangsu traditional culture, such as Yixing Chinaware, Huqiu Pottery Figure, Nantong Kite, Yangzhou Jade Scuplture and Lacquer, Changzhou Comb, Suzhou Embroidery and Taohuawu wooden Sculpture Picture Special for the Spring Festival, and etc. Nanjing Yuhua Stone, Donghai Crystal, and Taihu Lake Pearl are valuable and good for collection.<\/FONT><\/P>\n

Special Foods<\/STRONG><\/FONT><\/P>\n

Jiangsu has various special foods. The history of the Nanjing Ban Duke is more than 500 year; the Zhenjiang Vinegar has a deep color and a sweet-smelling taste; the Biluochun Tea is one of ten famous teas in the country, and the best of green tea; the Yancheng Lake Crab is the king of the freshwater crab; the Lianyungang Dongfang Prawn has lots of nutriment. Jiangsu has some famous special foods, such as the Taixing Huangqiao Pancake, the Xuyi Lobster, the Peixian Dog¡¯s Meat, the Dongtai Noodle with Fish Soup, the Kunshan Aozao Noodle, the Yangzhou Fuchun Steamed Dumpling, the Su-style Rice Candy, the snacks in Confucius Temple nearby the Qinhuai River, and etc.