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27/03/2014

Learn something about Suzhou Panmen Gate

Panmen Gate is a historic landmark of Suzhou and a must-see travel destination of East China. Panmen Gate China vacation deals lies in the southwest corner of Suzhou ancient city and can be reached by taking bus 1, bus 3, bus 7, bus 101, bus 102 and bus 701. With a history of 2,500 years as long as that of Suzhou, this city gate is the most completely preserved part of the ruins of the ancient city of Suzhou. Stepping onto the top of the gate, you can see the Wumen Bridge and Ruiguang Pagoda. Together, they are popularly famous as the Three Scenes at Panmen Gate.

Originally, Panmen Gate was built in 514 BC, in the first reign of He Lv, the most famous king of Wu State in the Spring and Autumn Period. This was one of eight city gates of capital city of Wu State that He Lv ordered General Wu Zixu to build. It was named Panmen due to the wooden curled-up dragon on the gate used for threatening Yue State. Later on, it was changed to today’s name due to its special location and surroundings that the water and land interconnect and wind around the gate. In line with the record on Pingjiang Map Stele created in Southern Song Dynasty, the Panmen Gate was never moved at all, though experienced many times of rebuilding and renovation. The present Panmen Gate was rebuilt in the 11th year of the reign of Zhizheng in the end of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). In 1356, a barbican was built by Zhang Shicheng(1321-1367, a famous rebellion leader and local separationist), and it was renovated several times during the following Ming and Qing dynasties. The gate tower we see today was rebuilt in 1986. It looks magnificent, with flying eaves and up-turning corners. Equipped with all kinds of facilities needed in ancient defensive battles, such as shooting holes, sluice gateways and lookout towers, the city gate seems to have brought the ancient city of Suzhou back to us.

With water gates and land gates towering side by side, Panmen Gate looks very imposing. The land gate consists of double gates, one inside and the other outside, with city walls forming a square terrace of about 20 meters long on each side. Once the invading enemies were seduced into this place, they would be like turtles locked in a jar. In 1963, it was approved as the cultural site under the municipal protection. In 1982, it was listed as a site under the provincial protection. In 2006, it was accepted as the key site under the national protection.

The ancient picture or detailed map of Panmen Gate Scenic Area

The view of the ancient building of Panmen Gate

Panmen Gate is a fortress suitable for ancient water-towns like Suzhou top China tours in the southern part of China. The two water gates adjoining the land gates are the only water pass linking the inside and outside of the southwestern corner of the city. Built with granite, each of them has enough room for two boats passing side by side. For each gate there is a huge sluice gate to control the water flow. It is easy to imagine the prosperous sights then that the double water and land gates of Panmen Gate shined on the Great Canal, when horses and carriages went through the pass with flags fluttering, and boats paddling through the water gates.

Wumen Bridge is located on the Beijing-Hangzhou Great Canal beside Panmen Gate. Looking like a rainbow hung in the sky, it is the longest stone one-arched bridge in Suzhou. Construction of Wumen Bridge began in the Northern Song Dynasty, but the bridge seen today was rebuilt in the Qing Dynasty. As it was the gateway to the Wu state, the bridge was named Wumen Bridge.

A huge stone arched bridge, Wumen Bridge is about six meters high and 63 meters long. In each of its south and north ends, there are 48 steps made out of a whole rectangular slab of five meters long and 0.5 meter wide. The whole Wumen Bridge was built with carefully and precisely sculpted granite from the Jinshan Hill and the seams were filled with mixture of alum, glutinous rice soup and lime. That is why the bridge remains as solid as it was newly built, though hundreds of years have passed. On the bridge, one can have a clear view of the gate tower of Panmen and the Auspicious Light Pagoda. In the river, there is a prosperous sight of boats sailing competitively in the Grand Canal popular China travel package.

The Auspicious Light Pagoda was originally an attached building of the Buddhist Monastery of Universal Relief. It was built by Sun Quan, King of Wu, during the Three Kingdoms period. The current Auspicious Light Pagoda was from the early years of the Northern Song Dynasty and its wooden parts went through several renovations during the Song, Ming and Qing Dynasties. It is the second oldest structure of its kind in the Suzhou area, next to the Tiger Hill Pagoda only. Standing 44.42 meters high, the pagoda is a seven-storey octagon structure. Its elegant figure is reflected in the Great Canal. And either in daybreak or twilights when sunrays shoot on its body cast upon its roof, the pagoda looks particularly magnificent. If you climb onto the pagoda by following the stairs and looking into the distance, you will have a panoramic view of the picturesque water-land in the Yangtze River tour Yangtze River Delta.

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26/03/2014

Travel Experience - Songhua Lake,Jilin

(Songhuahu fengjingqu), 24km east of the city center affordable China tours, is a popular tourist magnet out of town. This is an attractive location, the long narrow lake is surrounded by forests and pretty hills and it is easy to get lost, boating on the lake or strolling along leaf strewn paths.

Looked at from above, the lake resembles a string of shining pearls set in-between heavily vegetated mountain peaks. Covering a total area of 700 square meters, Songhuahu boasts eight scenic spots within the lake area, ranging from islets, peaks and ponds to attractive hilly slopes. It is possible to pay a visit to this area in all four seasons - outings in spring when the lake is at its highest, boating and bathing in summer, angling in the autumn and of course, skiing in winter. Boating on the lake top 10 China tours is quite inexpensive at about RMB5 an hour.

Apart from its picturesque scenery popular China tour package, the lake also abounds in flora and fauna: whitefish, carp and nameless fish as well as over 160 species of herbal medicines. If you are lucky enough, you may also bump into rarer species such as roe deer, black bear and lynx. The lake even has its own myth, in a similar vein to the Loch Ness stories. In 1992 a soldier visiting the lake on leave reported being attacked by a dragon like creature. Truthful or not, the tourism industry here has never looked back.

In recent years, thanks to this booming travel industry, the lake has reaped in considerable revenue with the completion of the Songhuahu Ski Resort. For detailed information, check the entertainment overview. Tours can also be arranged here from an office at 105 Jilin Street.

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25/03/2014

Boating on the Jianhu Lake,Shaoxing

Also known as the Mirror Lake, the Jianhu Lake China vacation deals is located in the southwestern Shaoxing County. The lake presents an expanse of waters extending to the horizon. In the ancient times, the lake was 358 li (one li is 0.5 kilometer) around while today the Jianhu Lake refers to the water system from the East Kuahu bridge west of Shaoxing City to the West Lake Bridge at Hutang, encompassing an area of 50 square kilometers. Since the Tang Dynasty (618-907) when the art of poetry matured and prospered, the Lake has been the subject of numerous poetic masterpieces.

The Sanshan Mountain (literally Three Mountains) is where Lu You, a Song poet, once lived. The patriotic poet retired to the mountain and wrote numerous poems and essays there. Though time has changed, the lake retains its natural and cultural charms. Today, green hills flank crystal-clear waters. A boat trip on the lake can introduce the visitor to the pleasure of sailing in a painting of a mirror-like lake.

The Lanzhu Mountain sits in the southwestern Shaoxing County top 10 China tours. Legend has it that Goujian, the King of the Yue Kingdom, once planted orchids there. The Pavilion of Orchids, the Mecca of Chinese calligraphers, is located at the foot of the Lanzhu Mountain. According to history, on March 3, 353, the 9th year of the Yonghe Period of the Eastern Jin dynasty, Wang Xizhi met scholars and celebrites there on a spring party. They drank wine and wrote poems. The literary gathering produced 37 poems. Wang Xizhi wrote a prologue for the poetry collection. His Prologue to the Collection of Poems Written at the Pavilion of Orchids is not only a literary masterpiece but also a calligraphic tour de force. Wang’s handwriting shows a perfect combination of elegance, beauty, and masterly force, thus a wonder of art since that time. As Wang has been regarded the greatest calligrapher of ancient China, the pavilion has become the Mecca of Chinese calligraphic artists.

Across the Pavilion of Orchids stretches the Pavilion of Orchids State Forest Park popular China tours. Inside the nature reserve are wooded peaks, bamboo groves, brooks, and a lake. Tourists can enjoy a boat trip and participate in water sports. Or they can fish or barbecue there. The park is equipped with a set of tourist services, which makes the nature reserve a leisure resort where tourists can enjoy landscape and experience the cultural tradition by visiting the pavilion nearby.

Lizhu, a flower farming powerhouse in close vicinity of the state forest park, is home to orchids in China. Lizhu breeds a complete series of flowers and saplings. In particular, rare and valuable orchids produced there enjoy a high reputation both at home and abroad. If tourists want to look at flowers, then Lizhu is an interesting place to visit. Flower industry is one of the local industries Shaoxing wants to boost.

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