Jiangsu Province, with its abundant water resources, has long been considered a fertile land "plentiful in fish and rice" since ancient times. With a history of more than 2,000 years, cities in Jiangsu feature heritages filled with native cultures preserved in gardens, temples and mountains. They offer a trove of history, art and scenic beauty. And all these special attractions are different from that of Silk Road tour.
The following selects the most famous and worth-seeing attractions in Jiangsu for your reference.
1. Humble Administrator's Garden
If the palaces in north China can be described as royal beauties, then the gardens in south China are like pretty girls. The Humble Administrator's Garden, or Zhuozheng Garden, is the largest garden in Suzhou and is generally considered to be the finest garden in all of southern China.
The construction of the luxurious garden started during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Although its owners changed numerous times, it still maintains its late Qing appearance today, with numerous pavilions and bridges set among a maze of connected pools and islands. Covering a total area of 52,000 square meters (5.2 hectares), the garden is divided into three major parts: eastern part, central part and western part.
In 1997, the Humble Administrator's Garden, along with three other classical gardens in Suzhou, including the Lion Grove Garden, the Blue Wave Pavilion (Canglang Ting) and the Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan), were recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also one of the four most famous gardens in China which should not be missed for your China vacation packages.
Admission: 70 yuan (US$11.07)/person (summer)
50 yuan (US$7.91)/person (winter)
2. Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum
Located at the southern foot of Mount Zijin (Purple Mountain) in the eastern suburb of Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province, Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum is the tomb of the first Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) emperor Zhu Yuanzhang and his empress. It is the largest imperial tomb in Nanjing City and one of the largest ancient imperial tombs in China. After he was installed as emperor, Zhu Yuanzhang spent over 30 years on the construction of the tomb.
The mausoleum covers an area of several square kilometers and its wall runs up to 45 kilometers (27.96 miles) in length. The 600 years old mausoleum has been severely damaged and many wooden buildings have vanished. The stone animals in front of the imperial tomb are delicately sculptured, which demonstrates the remarkable stone carving skills of the Ming Dynasty. Furthermore, the overall environment and especially its natural scenery are well-preserved and quite amazing.
Along with the Ming Dynasty Tombs in Beijing, the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum was inscribed by UNESCO as part of the World Heritage Sites "Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing dynasties" in 2003.
Admission: 70 yuan (US$11.07)/person
You can experience the traditional culture of China which different from that of Hong Kong tour.
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