It is the China’s largest city (18.7 million) and one of the world’s too. Sited on the estuary of the Yangtze River, it is the heart of China in commerce and industry. Traditional Chinese buildings, European-style architecture and modern huge constructions co-exist in this cosmopolitan metropolis.
In Shanghai are the beautiful Yuyuan Gardens with their classical theater and its elaborate design of pavilions, rockeries and ponds. Other attractive places in the city are the Town God Temple Bazaar and the colonial parks and quarters of the French Concession area.
Samples of the modern Shanghai are the Bund along the Huangpu River with its famous strip of Art Deco towers, the dynamic Pudong Development Area and the Oriental Pearl Tower.
Known as “the Paradise on Earth”, it is located at the south of Shanghai (190km - 120 miles). The unique and incomparable West Lake area is spread with weeping willows and peach trees, stone bridges, rockeries and colored pavilions. Here is the Pagoda of Six Harmonies, several tombs and holy hills, temples and monasteries, and the celebrated Linyin Temple.
Marco Polo described Hangzhou – one of the traditional capitals of China - as “the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world”. Today, the city is still a spot visited by Chinese and foreign tourists in large numbers. Hangzhou is also famous for its exceptional silk and tea products.
Dating back more than 25 centuries, it is one of China’s oldest cities. Suzhou has many beauty water gardens and riverside streets which are a reminiscent of Venice. The city counts with around 400 historical sites and relics under the national protection, which includes the Blue-Waves Pavilion Garden, the Lion-Grove Garden with its rockeries resembling lions, the Humble Administrator’s Garden, the Garden of the Master of the Nets, The Grand Canal and Tiger Hill. That is why an aged adage says that “in Heaven there is Paradise; on earth, Suzhou”.
Numerous silk mills still produces exquisite fabrics, which has an incomparable art form due to the unique-local embroidery.
The traditional southern capital is today the capital of Jiangsu Province. The city lies on the south bank of the Yangtze River at the foot of Zijinshan (Purple Mountain).
It has a great cultural heritage including temples, tombs, parks and lakes, museums, and monuments. The most important attractions of the city are the Xiaoling Tomb of the founder of the Ming dynasty, Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang; and the Mausoleum of China’s first president, Dr. Sun Yat-sen.
Other interesting remains are the Ming Palace, the Ming city wall, the Purple and Gold Mountains Observatory, the Yangtze River Bridge with its observation deck and the Tombs of the Southern Tang dynasty - the “Underground Palace”.
It is an industrial and resort town on the north bank of Lake Taihu (125km - 75 miles west of Shanghai) with some beautiful lakeside parks and gardens.
In the west is Yangzhou and its lovely gardens such as the Xu Garden and others around the Narrow West Lake while old merchant houses complete the scenery. The tradition says that Marco Polo governed this place.
In southwest, at Anhui Province is situated the impressive Huangshan Mountain, trees cling to wonderful rocky abysses amongst seas of clear and cloud natural springs and lakes. A cablecar is set in this amazing place of natural beauty and wildlife.
The capital of Hubei Province is an industrial city set at the Yangtze River. In Wuhan are Buddhist temples, the Yellow Crane Tower, the Hubei Provincial Museum with its celebrated Chime Bells and several lakes and parks.
In Danjiangou City near to Wuhan, is Taihe Mountain which houses an antique building intricate with temples, palaces, pavilions and nunneries. Outside Yichang City is the Yangtze Three Gorges Dam, a huge project of water conservation which be finished in 2010.