Yue Fei Mausoleum Hangzhou – A Memorial for the Great Warrior

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The mausoleum of Yue Fei was built in 1221 during Song Dynasty to honor the great warrior. The mausoleum is situated within the complex of Yue Fei Temple located near the West Lake in the central city of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province in the People’s Republic of China. The temple is also called as or Yuewang Temple. On various occasions the temple had undergone reconstructions and renovations.Historians are unanimous in claiming that the Tomb of General Yue Fei has been demolished and the present one was rebuilt in 1715 during Qing Dynasty, who reigned during 1644-1911. It had undergone a major revamping in 1979. 

Biopic of Yue Fei:
Yue Fei was believed to be lived during 1103-1141, who was descended from Tangyain in Xiangzhou.Henan Province was previously known as Xiangzhou. He was a military general and led war successfully against Jin Dynasty during 1115 to 1234 under Song Dynasty. Nevertheless his glittering war success against Jin Dynasty, he was wrongly implicated as a traitor in connivance of Qin Kuai, who was the Prime Minister of Song Dynasty and eventually executed. The truth prevailed and Yue Fei's innocence was proved and as a result Emperor Xiao Zong who reined Song Dynasty during 1163 to 1189, built the tomb in memory of this great war hero.Today Yue Fei is considered as a national hero with all respect and glory.

The temple complex:
Located at the south foot hill of Qixia Hill, very close to West Lake the complex is spread of over in an area of four acres. Immediately entering the complex, you will be greeted with double eaves and a patio with drooping trees on both side of promenade. At the center of complex is located the main hall and remembrance hall.The center of the main hall is adorned with life size statue of General Yue Fei, dressed in colorful attire. The statue is constructed in sitting posture with the chair is made of colorfully embroidered cushion.The mighty looking, gracefully featured Yue Fei is seen holding a sword in his hand and posed like a ready for war mood. His life stories are kept on the rear side of the hall which will give a glimpse for tourist to learn him from a close angle. The floor of the hall is further embellished with 373 cranes and each crane is designed as a symbol of sincerity, loyalty and patriotism.

Poetic descriptions:
You can see a large hall in the west side of the complex. In this hall, there are two corridors with poetic inscriptions praising general Yue Fei. Passing over a small bridge at the center of the yard, you can see the tomb of this great warrior and also the tombs of his sons. The main tomb is that of Yue Fei is located at the center of the yard and on the side is the tomb of his son who was a stern supporter of Yue Fei in the battlefield.The tombs where defaced several times and reconstructed various times. The architectural and constriction style reflects the style that was prevalent in Song Dynasty. It is interesting to note that his perpetrators who was instrumental in executing, including that of Qin Kuai who was the Prime Minister and main perpetrators, is kept opposite to the tomb in a kneeling position within an iron fence. A symbolic gesture of punishment being endorsed to the perpetrators!

Travel tips:
Entry fee to the temple complex is CNY 25 per head.From the city tourist can easily reach to the temple complex by hoping in to regular transport bus service or can engage taxi.



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Six Harmonies Pagoda in Hangzhou

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Six Harmonies or Liuhe Pagoda is a multi story structure, which is also known as Six Harmonies Pagoda located in the foot of Yuelun Hill in southern Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, People's Republic of China.The Pagoda is magnificently overlooking the gracious Qiantang River.It was constructed during Northern Song Dynasty in AD 970.The Pagoda reflects the true ancient Chinese architectures.The Pagoda is built to calm down the tidal waters of Qiantang River and also to support the river navigation. The name 'Liuhe' represents the six Buddhist ordinances.The Pagoda was completed destroyed during a battle in 1121.



Re-built during Southern Song Dynasty:
The new pagoda was built by using bricks and woods during Southern Song Dynasty, reigned during 420 -589 and also additional exterior works and eaves were built during Ming and Qing Dynasties. The whole construction is octagonal shape.The pagoda is having 59.89 meters height and having 13 storeys in appearance from outside but actually it has only seven storeys. A spiral staircase is provided to reach to the top floor.Each of the floor ceilings are beautifully painted with animals, birds, various characters and flowers.Each floor has four elements that identical to each other and they are exterior walls, interior walls, small chamber and zigzagged corridor. When looking from outside, the upper portion of the pagoda looks brighter and on the lower side it seemed like bit darker. This is due to the wonderful combination of light and shade.

Used a lighthouse to navigate:
As per renowned historian Joseph Needham, the pagoda was also used a lighthouse to navigate vessels passing through Qiantang River. Due the considerable height of the structure, it has been used as permanent lighthouse during the early days itself.On climbing top of the pagoda and by standing on the majestic eaves, tourist can have the wonderful panoramic view of surrounding areas. Also, you can have spectacular view of the Qiantang River Bridge and the ripples of tidal waves. Near to the pagoda, a new exhibition center, Pagoda Park, is constructed and lot of ancient relics and exhibitions detailing the ancient pagodas build around Yuelun Hill in China.

The Legendary story:
There is a beautiful legend about the reason for construction of this octagonal structure in the foot hill of Yuelun Hill. The pagoda was build to suppress the horrific tidal bore generated from Qiantang River. The river often suffered from the tidal bores that surge up from Hangzhou Bay. People beleived the Dragon King is responsible for this phenomenon. Hearing the plight of the people a local boy named Liuhe used his magical power to crease the Dragon King's nefarious actions.As a token of gratitude the local farmers constructed this fine structure with brick and wood and called after his name. The name "Six Harmonies" is taken out from the Six Buddhist ordinances, which are heaven, east, west, south, north and earth.

Travel Tips:
From the city Hangzhou tourist can easily move the Six Harmonies Pagoda. Tourists can choose bus routes 2, 308, 5 and K4 which are regularly operating from the city terminal. Alternately, for group tourists can engage in tourist coaches.Taxi services are also available which are very economical.Tourist boarding from Shanghai, if travelling by High Speed Bullet train the journey would be much comfortable and easy. The pagoda will be opened 6:30 am to 5:30 pm.CNY 20 per head is the entrance fee.

The body of the pagoda is adorned from bottom to top with 104 iron bells which are hanging from the graceful upswept eaves. Something really charming at Six Harmonies Pagoda!



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Hangzhou Zoo – The Natural Zoo

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Hangzhou Zoo is located in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province in the People's Republic of China very close the West Lake Scenic Area. This is one of largest local zoon China and attracts quite lot of domestic tourists. The zoon was constructed in 1968 and revamped in October 1975.The zoon is notorious for the bad behavior of tourists by throwing stones and water bottles toward the animals as observed by international watch dogs, also they accuse the zoo is poorly maintained and animals are cramped in congested atmosphere.The zoo is sprawled over an area of 20 hectares. The zoon is developed in the natural atmosphere, keeping the mountain forest style.

 
Move around the zoo in protected vehicles:
Despite all the accusations, the management of the zoo has put lot of effort to streamline its operational qualities and today it is said to be one of the best zoo in China and given lot emphasis on scientific research, animal protection, education and popular science. Much focus is being applied to enhance the sightseeing facilities, educations tours programs by targeting school students and also concentrated efforts to attract people are interested in animal studies.The combination of various activities related to animals has given much expectation and people find this place one of the best locations for fun and entertainment.The cage systems are almost abolished and tourists are allowed to roam in the open zoo in protected transport vehicles.This gives tourist the opportunity to watch the animals in the natural environment and understand its natural behaviors. The new changes made the zoo one of the most attractive one among the rest.

Variety of animals:
There are more than 200 different types of animals can be seen in the zoo.Seeing this much different type of animals and interacting with them in close range is a special experience.You can really feel thrilled when they come so close to your vehicle and sniff around you. China's national animal Panda is breaded and brought up here with special attention.Similarly, Giraffe the world's tallest animal, you can see here roaming freely around the zoo.Also, the biggest bird ostrich, the biggest mammal Elephant are all the some other attraction. Similarly, the biggest serpent, the Boa and golden money, Chimpanzee, Hylobates leucogenys, lemur catta, Manchurian tiger, squirrel monkey, Yangtze alligator and African Lion are some of the strange hosts whom are waiting to greet you in the zoo.

Aquarium:
To add the glamor of the zoo, there is beautiful aquarium is added to the zoo complex.Tourists will be surprised to see the various colorful fishes swimming around the aquarium. Red Bubble, Silver Lion Head, Purple Crown and Black Dragon Eyes are some of the rare fish you can see in the aquarium. Further to the above, the zoo authorities have started planting flowering plants and various types of fruit trees in large quantities. The beautiful lay outs and promenades planted with beautiful flower plants gives soothing, comfortable experience for tourist. The cool atmosphere helps create a relaxing environment.

Travel and ticket:
From the city Hangzhou, tourists can easily move the zoo location.Tourist coming from Shanghai can reach here in the High Speed Bullet train. Entry to the zoo is by ticket, CNY 20 per adult and CNY 10 per children less than 1 meter height.


Daily animal performances are being conducted here with the participation of elephants, monkeys, bears, sea lions, tigers and various other animals. Children will really love to see the bear boxing and bear skiing shows!

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Leifeng Tower in Hangzhou

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Leifeng Tower is also known as Leifeng Pagoda located at Hangzhou city on Sunset Hill, south of West Lake in the Zhenjiang Province, People's Republic of China. This tower was built in AD 975 and it collapsed in 1924.The tower was rebuilt in 2002, by recreating in the old architectural marvel and today is one of the most busy tourist destinations in Hangzhou city.

History:

The tower was built during King Qian Chu of Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms to celebrate the birth of his son in one of his concubines, namely Huangfei. The tower was called as Huangfei Pagoda at that time. The elevation of the tower is in octagonal shape with five storey structure.Brick and woods are used for the construction and the base of the structure is built with solid hard bricks.

Japanese Pirates Torched the Pagoda:

The tower was attacked by Japanese pirates during Ming dynasty, suspecting that the tower would be storage of weapons and they torched it and bring down the structure in to a brick skeleton.This is evident in some of the painting relics of Ming period.

Interesting Legend:

Leifeng Tower is one of the ten most important sights of West Lake and there is a beautiful legend about a white snake related to Leifeng Tower and is known as Legend of the White Snake.People believed that the Pagoda has miracle power and it can protect ladies from miscarriages and repel illness.As a result, people started collecting the bricks and on September 25, 1924 the pagoda collapsed due poor management and lack of maintenance.

Legend of the White Snake is a love story between a young scholar who fell in love with a beautiful woman.The woman was actually an impersonated white snake and without knowing the fact, the scholar was emotionally attached to the woman. Seeing this, a monk intervened in their relationship and pushed the snake in to the deep well at the Lei Feng Pagoda and saved the soul of the scholar. Over a period of time the story on hearsay, gradually turned from a horror story to a beautiful love story. The pairs were deeply in love but such relationship is forbidden by the laws of Heaven! The legend travelled through centuries and many art forms and opera took this romantic theme for their cultural shows.

Rumors:

There were rumors about a mausoleum lay in the ground of floor of the tower.It was a hot subject of discussion on various historical platforms. Then the authorities decided to conduct a scientific search in the subject with radar mapping. In March 11, 2001 they found the position of the mausoleum and excavated the area. Lot of historical relicts and artifacts were recovered from the mausoleum and surrounding areas. The most important finding was a gold and silver coated hair of Buddha.

Reconstruction:


The Pagoda was decided to rebuilt in October 1999 and construction work started on the same location of the collapsed Pagoda over its ruins.For the construction, 1400 tons of steel and 200 ton of copper is used. The new tower has four sightseeing elevators and equipped with modern facilities such as air conditioners, loud speakers and televisions.The tower is fitted with two automatic elevators which can carry tourists from the base to the top of the tower.All the relics what has been recovered from the mausoleum are kept in a chamber in the underground base.The new tower is declared opened to the public on 25 October, 2002.

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Yishui County

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Yishui County is located in the province of Shandong under the administration of Linyi prefecture level city. The elevation of this tourist destination is one hundred and sixty three meters. This county is situated specifically in foothills area of Shandong province. As per census reports of 1999, it has only population of one million one hundred and fifteen thousand nine hundred and twenty seven. Recently the Administration of National Tourism in China has issued the notice of determination of 2nd list of Chinese tourism standardization demonstration unit. It occurred on twelfth of June in the year 2014. The Brigade general office in China has rated Yishui County as the National tourism Standardization demonstration county by National Tourism Administration. This county stands first in the whole of Shandong Province as per the terms of tourism standardization.

Infrastructural developments
From March 2012, Yishui County was chosen to be one among the 8 pilot counties in second batch which keeps all standards of tourism. The government of Yishui County has attached much significance to the county’s establishment. The main leaders of Yishui County have taken great initiatives in leading the group. An amount of one hundred and twenty five million Yuan is invested in order to construct one tourism center and various other attractive features of tourism such as visitor center in special Yimeng style, forty two star tourist toilets, and pedestrian as well as traffic oriented systems, fourteen tourist roads, and more.

The tourism development project of Yishui County is initially in a phase of preparing a very standardized standard system in which there is introduction of spa tourism with great service quality. The revised regional standards are dealt in detail in all terms in every nook and corner of Yishui County. The people of the county as well as one engaged in tourism and hospitality services within the county are offer standard training courses. These courses are even carried out over eight times publicity with several experimental units to keep up the standards.

Standardized customer services
In the year 2013, Yishui group has introduced the first light emitting diode night time system specially oriented to pedestrians in order to cover the tourism system of county in the most excellent way. This system has set car companies, passenger and travel agencies, tourist hubs, and more. It connects at almost all chief locations in Yishui County, hotels, tourist centers, science museums, supermarkets, etc. Customer services are standardized to the fullest in a highly positive manner thought the guidance system which will help each and every visitor in the county.

Top tourist destination

The tourism standardization of Yishui County is such that it leads the entire industry of tourism by leaps as well as bounds as a chief force. The appreciative shift in comprehensive tourism promotion has attracted millions of travelers from different parts of the world to Yishui County every year. The integration of more industries also welcomes greater number of people to the county. Never miss the hospitality of Shandong province, particularly Yishui County! The tourism branding is brought mainly by the Yishui love long which has created a great tourist destination image. Hurry up!

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The largest fresh water lake in China - Weishan Lake

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Weishan Lake, which is also known as Nansi Lake is made up of four lakes namely Weishan, Nanyang,Dushan and Zhaoyang Lake.All these four lakes putting together an area of 1,266 square kilometers, is the largest fresh water lake in China which is located in the Weishan County in the southern side of Shandong Province.The lake has a length of 126 kilometers measured across north to south and six to twenty kilometer wide from east to west. Weishan Lake is famous and well known as "One City and Two Hometown".One city is denoted for the city of Chinese Lotus and two home townsare denoted for the water town of Northward and home town of Gureilla in Railway. The eastern side of the Lake touches the feet of mountains and western side sleep on the plains. The scenery from Wei Shan Island is so hilarious and spectacular.The famous Beijing - Hangzhou Canal pass through the lake from north to south and also the north - south river water intersection meet in the lake.

Boating in Weishan Lake:

Boating in the lake will be an entertainingexperience.Lots of well serviced boats are put in to service for visitors who wish to have a ride in the lake. Most of the boats are cozy in appeal, can accommodate a whole bunch of tourists 30 to 40 in a single trip, which is ideal for group tourists.There are also small boats which will cost only CNY 10 to 20 per person.Speed boats are also put in to action, which will be costly somewhere about CNY 500 per son.Moving along the lotus flowers and duck will be a memorable experience.You can find lot of wild ducks, lake fishes, century egg and plenty of lotuses in Weishan Lake.

Weishan lake surroundings are rich in natural beauty. Reed marshes, overlooking mountains with lush forests are all enhances the natural beauty of the lake. One of the spectacular views is the wide pool of blooming lotuses during the season looks like a multicolor carpet spread over the lake.During the lotus blooming season, you can see various types and colored lotus flowers spread all over the lake.The mild fragrance of lotus acts like a spiritual sedation to refresh you all the way.

The lake is an habitant of 78 different kind of fresh water fishes, 74 types of aqua plants, mostly lotus, water caltrop, reed, gogon fruits etc. Further, you can see about 87 different kinds of swimming and water birds and 364 types of planktons.The lake is a natural protected area for birds and geological species. One of the largest lotus producing lake in the world, it is said that revenue generated per day from the lake is equal to the value of a bucket of gold.

Getting to the Lake area:


Well developed transport net work makes it easy for tourists to reach to the lake premises. From Ququ city there are enough bus services to Weishan County and from there you can change to Weishan Lake.It will take two hours to take you to the Weishan lake premises.Tourists, who wish to take train route, can board the Beijing-Shanghai railway and disembark at Xuencheng Railway Station.From there twenty minutes bus journey will take you to Weishan County and Weishan Lake.Hope you are packing!

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Tianhou Temple – the Temple of the Queen of Heaven

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Tianhou temple is also known as the Temple of the Queen of Heaven. These types of temples can be frequently seen in the coastal cities of China, Macau, Hong Kong and even the Southeast part of Asia. It is believed that veneration of the Queen of Heaven can guarantee the calm going of the sea journey; hence, you can notice that every front door of this Temple is made facing the sea. Tianhou temple in the Qingdao Province in China was built in the year of 1467 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), and is widely known for combining the folk and the marine cultures. It is situated at the Taiping Road and is an ancient structure of architecture containing strong national features sideways the shoreline. It is a renowned cultural fascination place and base for learning the folk talent of Qingdao.
Amazing art works
The entire temple has sixteen erections and more than eighty rooms, counting the central hall, wing-rooms, subsidiary halls, a bell tower, an opera tower and a drum tower. The opera tower is enclosed with glassy tiles, whereas the rest of the buildings, made with gray tiles and dry walls, have colorful carvings and paintings. Two stone tablets preserved here noted the renovation of the temple for the duration of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Of all the early buildings of Qingdao, the painting art and architecture here are lesser to no one.
The biggest woodcarving in the entire world
Toward the inside of the temple, one will initially see the two-storey splendid opera tower. The pole and two large stone lions in front of the tower create the temple to be even more wonderful. The four riches of the study (ink stick, writing brush, paper and ink slab) and exceptional antiques are on exhibition inside. The crossbeams which are present in the opera tower are decorated with gorgeous drawings. The bell and drum towers are present on the borders of the opera tower. The central hall is the place where the Mazu (the Heavenly Empress or the Queen of Heaven) is preserved. The 2.8-meter (9.2 feet) tall sculpture of Mazu, prepared from camphorwood, is the biggest woodcarving in the entire world. In addition, several rare primeval trees exist here which is a mixture of archetypal temple and appealing garden. A huge osmanthus tree blooms vermeil flowers in the season of autumn and the fragrant smell entices many tourists. It would be wonderful information knowing that a female and a male gingko trees have continued to exist more than 500 years!
Traditional folk museum of Qingdao

The temple has been converted into a traditional folk museum of Qingdao. In excess of 100 folk traditional remnants are reserved in the museum, comprising Chinese fancy knots, paper-cut, bead-weaving, agate, clothing art, calligraphies, portraits, montages, inside-painting bottles and poker work. They can be called the Qingdao folk art in miniscule and the echo of Chinese folk art and the museum has developed into a market for the folk handiworks of the province of Qingdao. You can visit the temple by taking bus no. 6, 26 and 214 and getting off at the gates of the temple.

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The Pearl Spring in Jinan

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Pearl Spring also known as Zhenzhuquan is one among the four well known springs in city of Jinan. It flowsthrough the courtyard of beautiful Pearl Spring Auditorium situated in the core area of ancient City district. Pearl Spring auditorium is a very huge building that has a unique design. Normally, the government of Shandong Province holds almost all the important meetings in this auditorium. Many film shows as well as public meetings are also conducted here.The Pearl Spring is situated on northern side of the Quancheng Road. The main reason behind this name is that the spring water here is coming from the bottom of a pool. Therefore, numerous bubbles of water come out from the mouth of the spring. These bubbles look just as the pearl strings.
Song Crab Apple
In the Pearl spring, one can find certain of carps playing that have bubbles at their mouths. A beautiful scene of attractive carps can be viewed almost everywhere playing with beautiful pearls. Near the pearl springs, there is a crab apple that is thought to be planted during the period of Song dynasty. It is generally known as "Song Crab Apple".This spring connects to 10 other springs close by which include Zhuoying Spring, Xiting Spring, Wangfu Spring, and more. They form a collection of springs that have the waters converging to Lake Daming. Jinan is already known as a tourist destination for the beautiful lakes, mountains, rivers, springs, old cultural remains that combines perfectly as one. This city is popularly known as beautiful spring city in whole of China. The other famous springs are Baotu spring, wulong spring also called Five dragon spring, Heihu spring alternatively known as Flying Tiger spring, etc.

Pearl Spring
There are several attractive spots near the pearl spring. The well known towns and cities near are Sihai, Chenchuchuan, Ssuhai, and Ssuhaipao.Other closest important cities are Peking,Langfang,Xuanhua, and Zhangjiakou.Pearl Spring is a popular and artesian karst spring with cultural significance. Jinan City is famous for Pearl spring. The square spring pool at which pearl spring is located is surrounded fully by a stone fence on every side. The spring water that is flowing into Daming Lake is happening through a canal. The Pearl spring was introduced into a governor’s garden during the fifteenth century, specifically in the year 1466. The government of Shangdong continued to exist in vicinity of the pearl spring till the nineteenth century.
The other springs which are classified to be in Pearl Spring group are Brook Pavilion Spring, Sanshui Spring and Chu Spring. All these springs have the water bubbles that appear as the pearl springs. As the location is in the core part of ancient region in the Jinan City, travellers find it very easy to reach the spot. The address of the street in which pearl spring is located is 1 Yuanqian Avenue in city of Jinan in Shandong province in land of China.
Travel Tips

Flight services are regularly available to Shangdong province. Bus and taxi services in the province can take you to right spot. Hurry up!

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Rushan of Shandong

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Rushan is county level city located in province of Shandong. It has four county level divisions and sixty six township level divisions. The area of the city covers about one thousand six hundred and sixty eight square kilometres out of which 28.6 square kilometres are for urban and metro each. As per census of year 2010, city had a population density of three hundred and fifty per square kilometres. The population count to nearly five hundred and eighty two thousand four hundred and eighty two.

Mountain Mamma
Rushan is also known as Mountain Mamma due to its literal meaning. It comes under the administration of Weihai prefecture level city in China. The city borders Yantai in the northern side facing the Yellow sea to its north. The name is derived from the hill with breast shape on seashore. Rushan is having a very lengthy history. Yuli was the first county found in this city and it was in 206 BC. As Rushan is situated in south eastern side of seashore, it possesses a seasonal as well as mild climate which is moderated well by Yellow sea. The warmest month is August with mean temperature of twenty three and half degree Celsius. The month of January is coldest with zero degrees Celsius.

The city of Rushan in Shandong is in just two hours flight from several significant cities in China like Shanghai, Beijing, and more. There are many medium sized as well as large cities around Rushan. Few among them are Yantai, Weihai and Qingdao. All these ciited are within 1 hour drive from city of Rushan. Across the city, the transportation facilities are awesome as State Highway 309, Qingdao Weihai Expressway and Jinan Weihai Railway runs through it. The city possesses lot of attractive sports like Da Rushan Coastal Resort that has 4A status in state level, Silver Beach Resort, Shengshui Palace which is a sacred land of Taoism, Tangshang Hot spring and Juyushan National Forest Park, and more.

Famous for Shell Fish
Rushan city has a coastal line of one hundred and eighty five kilometres. It is well known for the varieties of rare species of fish as well as shellfishes. The yearly production of seafood is over two hundred thousand tons. The city is in fact rich in terms of hilly land. It has turned to be a prominent production base of fruits in the whole of Jiaodong peninsulas. Rushan city is also plenty in reserves of silver as well as gold; and produces more than five tons of gold every year that makes Rushan city the fifth largest gold producing city in land of China. It has attained the great reputation of Gold Bridge and Silver Beach in whole of China.

Lots of focus on education
There are several elementary schools in Rushan city as the government focuses more in providing education to children. Few among them are Rushan Number One Experimental Elementary School, Rushan Number Two Experimental Elementary School, Huangshanlu Elementary School, etc. There are many middle schools such as Rushan Fuqian Middle School and high schools like Rushan Golden Mountain High School.

Travel Tips
It is best to visit Rushan in August when the temperature is considered. The transportation facilities are appreciable here. Hurry up!


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Lingyan Temple of Jinan

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Tourism plays an important role in cultural integration. By promoting tourism, it helps people to understand the various cultural intricacies and gives an opportunity to under the differences from a close angle. Ever since China has opened its door for tourism and foreign direct investment, an overwhelming influx of tourism inflow in to the country is being witnessed.Each and every corner of China has something new to the world that characterized the rich dynamic historical wonders. Temple Mountains, Pagodas, Mountain Parks, Natural Resorts, beautiful beaches, Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City etc., are few among them. Lingyan Temple is one of the historically important, Buddhist temple situated in Jinan, in Changqing District of Shandong Province.

Temple of Spiritual Rocks
The literal meaning of Lingyan Temples is, "Temple of Spiritual Rocks".This temple is located 20 kilometers to the northern side of Tai'an city. Lingyan temple is constructed during Eastern Jin Dynasty and its fame had reached to its peak during the Northern Wei Dynasty.This was called the "first of the four most famous Chinese Temples" during the Tang and Song Dynasty and on those days, lots of pilgrimswere thronged in to this temple. The temple is located in the valley of Taishan range and surrounded by beautiful scenic location.Lots of trees and secluded areas added its glory.Pilgrims used to visit these areas for solitude and salvation.

Pizhi Pagoda
Important structure in the temple complex is the Pizhi Pagoda which was beleived to be built in 11th century.Also you can find a beautiful bronze Buddha statue made during Ming Dynasty in the Thousand Buddha Hall.Further there are about 40 well painted full size clay statue luohan of Song Dynasty. There are lots of small and large constructions, statues, carved out structures you can see in the complex. Some of the important structures are the Thousand Buddha Hall, Pizhi Pagoda and the Forest of Tombs.In the main hall, what attract you most is the statue of Sakyamuni along with two of his favorite disciples, Ananda and Kasyapa.

Creative art works
The life size, beautifully colored statutes are created with various emotionally charged features.Some are sitting in deep meditation, some with serious discussion and yet some others involved in intellectual interactions. The life statues are really wonderful and each of the clay statues will take you to a world of intellectual deposition.Next to the Thousand Buddha Hall is the huge tall pagoda cutting through the skies. Inside the pagoda is filled with creative art work of Buddhism and also you can read the full life of King A Yu.

Travel Tips:

Tourists can take special coaches from Jinan Long Distance Bus Station to Lingyan Temple or from Qiefang Qiao Bus Stop or Provincial Sports Centre Bus Stop can take tourist buses thatwill take you to the temple location.The bus fare would be CNY 45 per head.The busses will take you other important tourist destinations like, Aquaria, the Local Custom Garden and the Butterfly Hall. Generally it is said that if you have not visited Lingyan Temple, it is not a real visit to Mount Tai.So make sure to visit Lingyan Temple!

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Temple of Confucius

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Kong Miao is also known as The Temple of Confucius, located in Qufu belongs to Shadong Province of People's Republic of China.This is the largest original temple and also the most famous of temples of Confucius, the famous philosopher, in the People's Republic of China. Confucius was a great Chinese philosopher; politician, scholar, editor, mentor and teacher lived between BC 551 to 479, during the Spring Autumn era of Chinese history. Confucius thoughts had greater and significant influence in Chinese society especially following the victory of Han over Chu, which was known as Confucianism. The enduring thoughts and subsequent to its profound effects in the society prompted to construct temples in his name as means of showing respect to this great philosopher. Out of the various temples and landmark locations in his name, the temple at Qufu, the home town of Confucius is the most important temple in his name - Kong Miao.

Is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Today Kong Miao is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and it has been officially recognized as UNESCO WHS since 1994. We can say this is a complex of temple and burial ground, where Confucius and his fellow family members were buried. The Kong Miao and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu all are declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site.The temple is featuring oriental architectural excellence and located inside the southern gate of Qufu.When we consider the three largest historical architectural complexes in china, Kong Miao share its position along with Summer Palace in Beijing and the Mountain Resort of Chengde.

The temple is spread over 50 acres of land. The temple in the present form was rebuilt during Min and Qing dynasties in 1368-1364 and 1644-1911 respectively.The temple has 9 court yards and built in Royal Palace specifications. The structure includes three ancestral temples, one pavilion, one altar and three halls.With 54 gateways and 466 rooms the complex is having 218,000 square meters in area shows the grandeur of the temple. Its floor and walls are further beautified with yellow tiles and red wall tiles.

Inside the temple, there is a huge statue of Confucius, 53 mammoth steles, 13 stele pavilions and 120 Shengjitu which shreds light to Confucius thoughts and life experience.There is an array of steles numbering to 2,100 steles that includes more than 800 steles displayed outside which are displayed in a stretch of one kilometer from North to South in the complex.

Travel Tips:

Tourists can easily find their way to Kong Miao from the city Qufu. Bus Nos.1 and 5 will take you to the Confucius Temple, the Cemetery of Confucius and Confucius Family Mansion. Whereas Bus No 3 and 5 will take you to the other important places related to Confucius in Qufu area. Admission fee to Kong Miao is CNY 90 per head during March 1to November 14 and from November 15 to February end the fee would be CNY 80 per head.You need to spend one and half hours to two hours to complete the visit. The temple will be opened morning 7:30am to 4:30pm.Indeed an interesting place to visit and experience the ambience of philosophy. 

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Jiaonan Scenic Resort Region

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Situated on the west coast of Qingdao, the city of Jiaonan has an entire area of 1,870 square kilometers, a full population of 860,000 persons and 131 kilometers of shoreline. Lang Yatai, which was enumerated as one of the nationwide main scenic spots and a provincial-level scenic visitor resort region, is in Jiaonan. And Dong Jiakou has come to be a novel port of Qingdao. Jiaonan emphases on evolving machinery producing, foodstuff, medicines, rubber tires, electronic machines and other environmentally friendly energy equipment and traditional competitive industries, ship marine engineering, electronic information, and other flourishing industries.
Jiaonan is one of the early open coastal cities approved by the nation. It has long history and splendid culture. It is renowned as the east famous land in the past. Jiaonan, as the satellite city of Qingdao, has become a highlight area for investors in and abroad, for its superior location advantages and investment environment.
Jiaonan belongs to seaside low hill part; the coastline is 138km;16 large bays like the, Tangdao Bay, Jiaozhou Bay; natural harbors like the Xiaokouzi, Jimiya,Yangjiawa, Dongjiakou, Gongkouand around 10 islands.
Main attractions
Langyatai Scenic Area-situated about26 kilometers southwest of the seashore in Jiaonan City, it is the first lot of crucial national scenic part, mostly comprising of Xufu Temple, Sculptures of Xufu Sailing East, Longwan Bathing Beach, Xufu Commercial Street, Tourist Service Centre, etc.
Location: Langya Municipality in Jiaonan City

Dazhushan Mountain Scenic Area- situated at Dazhushan Settlement in Jiaonan City, it comprises an extent of 65 square kilometers with its chief peak Dazhai of 486 meters overhead the level of sea. It is famous for its Zhushan Forested Valley and outmoded festival celebrated on the mountain.
Location: Shimen Temple Scenery location in Dazhushan Settlement in Jiaonan City

Haiqing Tea Plantation- situated 8 kilometers northern of Haiqing Civic and in the vicinity of Cuilong Ridge; this Team has won many prizes in Expo at Shandong County, state and global level.
Location: Haiqing Settlement in Jiaonan City 
Lingshan Island Scenic Area- Situated in the Lingshan Harbor in Jiaonan City, it is famous for its fine fishery resources about the isle, which thrives in fish and shell and is appropriate for fishing and gathering shell. It is a famed resort for tourism, escapade, relaxation and undergoing isle life.
Location: Jimiya Haven in Jiaonan City
Jiaonan City Museum- this Museum is an inclusive museum on the 5,000-year past of China. It has illustrative culture remnants from each age of China and is particularly identified for its ruins from the pre-Qin Dynasty age. It has two exhibition galleries open to the people, the folk traditions and the boutique hall and relics hall. The relic’s exhibition hall and folk customs displays everyday supplies ever since the Qing Dynasty. The boutique hall shows culture remnants discovered in Jiaonan, screening the brilliant Lang Ya culture.
Location: Wenhua Road, Jiaonan City

Travel Tips:

The transportation is very convenient. It is 70km away from Qingdao Liuting Airport, 20km from Qingdao Qianwan Port.

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Hongye Valley – The First ISO Certified “Eco Tourism” Spot

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Hongye Valley is situated at Jinxiuchuan County in Licheng District, in Shandong Province of Peoples Republic of China. This is first province which got the approval of ISO9000 and ISO14000 for quality certification for environmental management in China. The entire area is developed for "eco tourism" jointly by Ji'nan Landscape Development and Construction Group and Ji'nan New Event Company Limited.Hongye Valley in other words known as the Red Valley Ecological Cultural Tourism Zone is one of the ten new tourist attractions in Shandong in the year 2002.In the year 2003 it has adjudged as grade 4A level scenic area.With systematic development in ecological culture and thematic investment to boost the suburban tourism, Hongye Valley attracts lot of local and international tourists.

Mountain microclimate is very much friendly
North side of Hongye Valley is located the Jinxiuchuan Reservoir.The entire valley has lavish presence of smoke trees but it is not only the major attraction of this scenic area but there are lot of other plants and ornamental trees could also be seen here.The valley is located at an altitude of 500 meters above sea level.The climate is extremely suitable for thick vegetation and 97% of the valley covered by thick forest and lush greeneries. The mountain microclimate is extremely comfortable and temperature in the valley is always lower than that of the surrounding city.The average climate of this valley is 5 degree Celsius.

Lot of attention is given in details to protect the existing environment and to improve the ecological quality without harming the balance of ecology by targeting leisure with eco friendly tourism in one place. Wild sumac bushes are the main plants that one can see in the Red Valley.The valley is spread of 4000 acres of land.Well planned construction by putting human landscape talents converted this valley as one of the best scenic spot. The beauty of the valley is further enhanced with the construction of springs, waterfalls. As a compliment of nature, you can find lot of water birds made this place as their natural abode due to the support of afforestation and creation of the reservoir for their free movement.

Natural Oxygen Bar
The valley's air quality is the finest one.The negative oxygen ion is 300 times more than that of the city environment.Therefore the valley is called as a "natural oxygen bar".Beautiful mirror reflection of shady trees and green hills are picturesque experience that only a good artist create but you can have this lavish view in the valley and enjoy it till you feel tired. Spring season will be a crowning glory, with wild flowers all over the valley with their reflection in the reservoir.During autumn, the leaves turn in to red color and spread all across the field giving a red carpet look. During winter the plum trees start tobloom braving the ice and snow.


Historically important locations
Some of the other historically important attractive tourist points are Hiding Soldiers Cave, Walking Horse Terrace, Xingjiao Temple, and Zhulao Nunnery.Many of these spots are struggling to wither the time. However, during construction of the valley, Zhulao Nunnery and Xingjiao Temples sites are restored and opened for the public.There are entertainment facilities for tourists.You can try with Tree Houses and Mysterious Xian Gbala.This is one of the wonderful tourist destination built exclusively for the tourist who wish to spend quality time away from the bristling modern life.

Travel Tip:
From Ji'nan there are enough tourist buses services are available to Hongye Valley.The valley is opened from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Entry fee is CNY 40 per head.



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Black Tiger Spring in Jinan

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Heihu Spring or Black tiger spring is culturally the most important second spring out of 72 named spring in Jinan City of Shandong Province in the Peoples Republic of China.It is located along the moat of Heihu Spring Street.This is one of the most important tourist attraction centers in Jinan city and is known as artesian karst spring.The spring emerges out from a water filled limestone cave located in a steep cliff.Three stone sculptured tiger heads are created to flush out the spring through its mouth in to a square shaped pool. From the pool the water flows through the old city moat.

Legendary myth

According to the old myth, in the olden days there was a black rock in front of the cave.The rock was black in color and resembled like a tiger.The sound of the water rushed out from the rock resembled like that of a roaring tiger.The resemblance of the shape and sound is the reason to name the spring as Black Tiger Spring.The meaning of Hei Hu is Black Tiger. Reference of the rock and its layout could be seen narrated in a poem written by Yan Bizeng who lived in Ming Dynasty.The spring is situated in the old city moat very close to the southern bank of the old moat.

Crystal clear and clean water

The spring originates three meter below from the surface and has a height of 2 meters and width of 1.7 meters. The water gushed out from the spring is crystal clear and clean.Deep bottom of the spring is very cold. The opening of the cave is developed with blue stone.A big black stone covered with moss resembles the shape of a feral tiger is seen at the opening of the cave. While the water gushes out and torrent hit on the rock the sound that produced that of a roaring tiger. It would be one of the beautiful experiences, as a tourist you can experience at Heihu Spring.

The out flow of the spring is calculated as 41,000 cubic meters per day.When compared with Baotu Spring, Heihu Spring is second in water out flow.The water gushed out is stored in to stone pool of size 13 meter length and 9 meter width.From here the water flows out through the old city moat.The water gushing out through the three giant tiger heads with roaring sound could be heard very far from the pool premises.Surrounding the spring you can see the Black Tiger Temple with a small garden with lot of flowering plants and trees. The scenic location of Heihu spring is known as "Park City" and is a hot tourist destination.

Travel Tips:

From Jinan City, tourists can board buses that can take you directly to the Heihu Spring spot.The spring spot is opened 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in the evening.The best time to visit the spring is during July and August.There will be heavy rain during this season and flow of spring water gushing out from the tiger head will be in its full force and the roaring sound of the tiger will be much daring.


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