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Jiangsu - Lianyungang - Nanjing - Suzhou - wuxi - Zhenjiang

Daming Temple
Ge Garden
Slender West Lake
Tomb of Puhaddin
Wenchang Ge
Wenfeng Pagoda
Xianhe Mosque

Yangzhou, a famous cultural city with a long history, is just across the Yangtze River from Zhenjiang and on the bank of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. Yangzhou was called Hancheng when it was first built under the order of King of the Wu State Fu Chai in 486 BC.

YangzhouFor years Yangzhou was one of the most prosperous towns in China, and the construction of the Grand Canal made it a pivot of communications and transportation from the Sui and Tang periods to the late Qing dynasty. After the Grand Canal was initially completed in the Sui dynasty, Emperor Yang Di made 3 inspection tours to Yangzhou. During his last tour in 612, peasant uprisings swept the country and he was killed by his subordinated here.

Yangzhou was also an important port for foreign trade and exchanges with the outside world in ancient China. The prominent Tang dynasty monk Jian Zhen (688-763) made 6 attempts to sail from here to Japan for cultural exchange. It is also here that a celebrated Arab Moslem, Bahaa' Eddin, stayed for 10 years preaching Islamism. The world-renowned traveler Marco Polo once served as an official in Yangzhou.