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xxxx  JIANGSU province     江苏省 xxxx

  Jiangsu Province is located along the east coast of China, bordering Shanghai and Zhejiang to the south. It has a coastline of over 1,000 km along the Yellow Sea, and the Yangtze River passes through its southern parts. The provincial capital is Nanjing.It was the capital of six ancient Chinese Dynasties and in particular, the fame of Suzhou has led to the popular saying: "Heavenly heaven, and earthly paradise of Suzhou and Hangzhou".


Jiangsu is a breadbasket thanks to the widespread water conservancy facilities and rich culture. Since ancient times, south Jiangsu has been famed for its prosperity and opulence.
Some cities in the northern part of Jiangsu are attracting growing interest. As the crossing point of north and south China, Xuzhou, Lianyungang and Huai'an are developing with a fast pace. The appearance and inner culture of these cities is a combination of north and south China.   .
 
 
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  NANJING area
 
Nanjing Xu garden   煦园   GPS: 32.04405, 118.79729
Xu Garden is the western garden and form a pair with the easter garden. Currently it is connected with the heavenly king palace of the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom (1851-1864) and the president residence in Nanjing. Xu Garden is the best preserved south watery landscape in late Qing Dynasty and a masterpiece of southern watery
landscape. Xu Garden once was served as the imperial garden for the son of emperor Zhu,di in Ming Dynasty. Later Xu Garden turned into the governmental garden for Qing Dynasty. After the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom made Nanjing as capital, the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom became one part of the palace of Heavenly king. After many renovations, Xu Garden became the history relics.
 
 

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Fuzimiao area      南京夫子庙 GPS: 32.02115, 118.78942
Nice place to spend some hours with friends or family. Special.un the evening, when all is illuminated so colorful.
A hang out area, you can enjo food, athomosphere, people, go little shopping.
 
 

Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum     中山陵   GPS: 32.06217, 118.85334
Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum is situated at the foot of the second peak of Purple Mountain in Nanjing, China. Construction of the tomb started in January 1926, and was finished in spring of 1929. The architect was L Yanzhi, who died shortly after it was finished.   
 
 

Yuhuatai Memorial Park of Revolutionary Martyrs     雨花台烈士陵园   GPS: 32.00378, 118.77921
Yuhuatai Memorial Park of Revolutionary Martyrs is a park and tourist site in Nanjing. It is the former execution ground of the Kuomintang forces during the Republican era, but was transformed into a memorial ground after the Communists came to power in 1949.
 
 

Memorial of Japanese Massacres
南京大虐殺紀念館
GPS: 32.03541, 118.74248
The Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders is a museum to memorialize those that were killed in the Nanjing Massacre by the Imperial Japanese Army in and around the then-capital of China, Nanjing, after it fell on December 13, 1937.   
 

Purple Mountain Observatory   
紫金山天文台
  GPS: 32.06592, 118.82951
Finished in 1934, the Purple Mountain Observatory, aka Zijinshan Observatory, is the earliest and one of the most famous observatories in China. Of milestone significance, it symbolizes the threshold of Chinese modern astronomy.  
 
 

Chaotian Palace   朝天宫   GPS: 32.03498, 118.77559
The Chaotian Palace, is located in Nanjing, China. It was built as an imperial palace in the Ming dynasty, and today it is known as the Nanjing Municipal Museum. Chaotian Palace area has the largest preserved traditional Chinese architectural complex in Jiangnan.  
 
 

Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge    南京长江大桥 GPS: 32.11324, 118.74432
The Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge is a double-decked road-rail truss bridge across the Yangtze River between Pukou and Xiaguan in Nanjing, China. Its upper deck is part of China National Highway 104, spanning 4,588 metres.  
 

Linggu Temple    灵谷寺   GPS: 32.05502, 118.86806
Linggu Temple is a Buddhist temple in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China. The temple was described as 'the best Buddhist temple in the world'. It was now surrounded by a large park. The temple was first built in 515 under the reign of the Liang Dynasty (502-557). It used to lie at the northeast foot of Mount Zhongshan, i.e. where Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum now locates, since Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang chose the place to be his mausoleum and then the temple was moved to the present place.  
 
 

Confucius Temple      南京夫子庙   GPS: 32.02064, 118.7889
The Confucius Temple in Nanjing is built for people to worship Confucius, a great thinker and educator in ancient China. It is one of the top four largest Confucius Temples in China. The other three are in Qufu, Jinan Province, Beijing, and Jilin Province. The temple is part of Qinhuai scenic area and become a feature of the landscape of the ancient capital of Nanjing.  
 
 

City Wall and other temples     南京城墙 GPS: 32.02587, 118.82527
Nanjing City Wall is one of the key historical and cultural remains of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) under state protection. It is a masterpiece of China's ancient architecture. With an original perimeter of about 35 kilometers, the City Wall has a height of 14-21 meters. The footing has a width of 14 meters.
 

Sheshan Qixia Temple     摄山栖霞寺    GPS: 32.15097, 118.95613
Qixia Temple (Temple where the Dawn Perches) is 22 kilometers northeast of Nanjing. It was founded in 489 during the Six Dynasties era, a period of division prior to the Tang dynasty. The present temple was built during the late Qing dynasty, but there are several hundred small niche caves that were carved into the rocks behind the temple beginning shortly after the temple was founded.  
 
 

Xiaoling Mausoleum of Ming Dynasty  明孝陵   GPS: 32.057, 118.82958
The Ming Xiaoling is the mausoleum of the Hongwu Emperor, the founder of the Ming dynasty. Legend says that in order to prevent robbery of the tomb, 13 identical processions of funeral troops started from 13 city gates to obscure the real burying site.  
 
 

  SUZHOU area
Classical Gardens of Suzhou   GPS: na
Tracing back to the 11th century ago, Suzhou gardens reflect the deep focus on natural beauty. With meticulous design, they succeed in recreating natural landscape in miniature. Apart from scenery of “Mountain and Water”, the profound Chinese history and culture are also inlaid in the gardens.  
 
       
  Garden of Harmony   怡园 GPS: 31.30765, 120.6215
The Garden of Harmony otherwise called Yuyuan in Chinese is a newer private garden, which was built in the Qing Dynasty by Gu Wenbin, an official in the Qing Dynasty.
The garden borrowed all the stylistic elements of other gardens in the area, caves in the Lion Grove, a stone boat resembling that in the Humble Administrator Garden, corridor like that at Cangliang Pavilion, and so on.
       
  Garden of Lion's Forest GPS: 31.3208, 120.62964
Lion Grove Garden was first constructed in 1342 AD by the Buddhist Tianru (天如) to commemorate his master. Among the masses of classical gardens of Suzhou, the Lion Grove Garden stands out for the curiously shaped rockeries. The name of the garden stems from the 500 stones resembling lions in diverse postures, sitting, standing, sleeping, playing, roaring, dancing etc.
       
  Humble Administrator's Garden  拙政园 GPS: 31.32433, 120.62971
Humble Administrator’s Garden is the largest and most prestigious garden in Suzhou. With an area of 5.2 hectares, it is able to include magnificent halls, delicate pavilions, lush flowers, zigzagging bridges, bamboo groves and fragrant lotus ponds, from which you could admire the never-ending designs.
       
  Flanerie Garden GPS: na
Located one kilometre west of the city centre. This garden enjoys the same reputation as the humble administrator's garden. It extends over more than 2 hectares: you can admire the effects of light and shade obtained thanks to the layout of buildings and rockeries, or the optical effects created thanks to the construction of mountains and water bodies.
       
  Master of the Nets Garden  网师园 GPS: 31.29782, 120.63416
Master of the Nets Garden is a pocket-sized garden in Suzhou. The feature of Suzhou Gardens of “recreating natural beauty in miniature” is nowhere better illustrated than the Master of the Nets Garden. On account of the ingenious design and the use of the space, the garden looks much larger than its authentic size.
       
  Master of the Nets Garden  网师园     (show) GPS: na
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  Lingering Garden   留园 GPS: 31.31526, 120.59262
Throughout its 400-plus-year history, Lingering Garden has changed hands several times. Situated outside of Changmen Gate, it was built in 1593 during the Ming Dynasty when a retired official named Xu Taishi commissioned it as his primary residence, with the help of well-known stonemason Zhou Shicheng.
 

West garden     西园   GPS: 31.31519, 120.58712
 Since 1949, West Garden has been expanded several times with governmental financial support and Buddhists' donations. Now it has refurbished the former styles and features and many new scenic spots have been added to live up to its fame 'The Holy Land of Buddhist Altar'.   
 
 
  Xiyuan Temple   西园戒幢律寺 GPS: 31.31501, 120.58764
West Garden Temple (Xiyuan Temple) covering an area of 1.6 acres in Suzhou was constructed in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and features sacred temples and classical gardens. Also called Jiechuanglv Temple, West Garden Temple is the largest temple in Suzhou City which blends garden art and temple art harmoniously.

 
 

Guanqian Street    观前街   GPS: 31.31137, 120.62753
This 150-year-old street is one of the "four famous shopping streets" in China. It is known far and wide for its unique blend of old and new attractions. Gourmands and tourists should not miss the cuisine and culture contained on this classic strip.  
 
 

Hanshan temple     寒山寺   GPS: 31.31023, 120.56807
Hanshan Temple; literally: 'Cold Mountain Temple', is a Buddhist temple and monastery in Suzhou, China. It is located at the town of Fengqiao, about 5 kilometers west of Suzhou's old city.  
 
       
  Puming Pagoda GPS: 31.31032, 120.56916
In 1995, a five-storey Buddhism pagoda as high as 138 feet (about 42 meters) was erected called Puming Pagoda, which then became the symbolic building of Hanshan temple.
       

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North Temple Pagoda     北寺塔   GPS: 31.32236, 120.61953
The Beisi Pagoda or North Temple Pagoda is a Chinese pagoda located at Bao'en Temple in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. The base of the pagoda has an octagonal frame, and the tower rises nine stories in a total height of 76 m. The pagoda was once eleven stories tall, but was damaged and reduced to nine stories.   
 
 

Panmen    盘门   GPS: 31.28821, 120.61702
Pan Gate, Pan Men, or Panmen is a historical landmark in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China. It is located on the south-west corner of the Main Canal or encircling canal of Suzhou. Originally built during the Spring and Autumn period in the state of Wu, historians estimate it to be around 2,500 years old.
 
 

Suzhou Silk Museum      苏州丝绸博物馆 GPS: 31.3229, 120.61821
During the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties, it was the silk producing center; in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties most of the high-grade silk produced for the royal families was made by silk weavers here.   
 

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Tai-Chi and morning activites  太極   GPS: na
Tai chi, short for T'ai chi ch'an or Tij qun, is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training, its health benefits and meditation. The term taiji is a Chinese cosmological concept for the flux of yin and yang, and 'quan' means fist.  
 
 

Xuanmiao temple  玄妙观 GPS: 31.31147, 120.62633
Xuanmiao Taoist Temple (Temple of Mystery) is located on the Guanqian Street in Suzhou. Built in 276 AD, it has been renovated many times due to damage sustained during the wars of past dynasties. Originally, the temple was called Zhenqing Taoist Temple. It was renamed Xuanmiao Taoist Temple during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368).  
 

Tigger hill      虎丘   GPS: 31.33608, 120.58019
Tiger Hill is a hill in Suzhou, China. It is a tourist destination and is known for its natural environment and historic sites. The hill is so named because it is said to look like a crouching tiger. Another legend states that a white tiger appeared on the hill to guard it following the burial of King Hel.  
 
 

Suzhou Railways station  苏州火车站   GPS: 31.34065, 120.71159
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Suzhou Waterways         GPS: na
Dubbed “Venice of the East,” the ancient city of Suzhou, located in the Yangtze River Delta, teems with enchanting canals and winding waterways.  
 

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  TAICANG area
 
Nanyuan garden   南园   GPS: 31.44235, 121.11609
This garden in the city of Taicang was built during the Emperor Wanli's reign in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), for Wang Xijue, a high government official so that he could attend to government affairs amidst in a beautiful, aesthetic setting of plum trees and chrysanthemums, which also make a reminder of the need for integrity.  
 
       

Taicang garden     弇山园 xxxxxxxxxxxxx GPS: 31.44581, 121.1013
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  TONGLI area
 
Tongli Ancient Town  同里古镇 GPS: 31.15332, 120.71967
Built in the Song Dynasty (960–1279), Tongli Ancient Town is nestled to the east of Beijing–Hangzhou Grand Canal, by Taihu Lake.It is one of the six famous ancient towns to the south of the Yangtze River along with Zhouzhuang, Yongzhi, Xitang, Wuzhen, and Nanxun.    

  WUXI area
 
Lingshan - Grand Buddha  灵山大佛 GPS: 31.42418, 120.10085
The Grand Buddha is located at the south of the Longshan Mountain, near Mashan, town of Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, People's Republic of China. It is one of the largest Buddha statues in China and also in the world. The Grand Buddha at Ling Shan is a bronze Amitabha standing Buddha outdoor, weighing over 700 tons.  
 

Wuxi Longtouzhu Park    太湖龙头渚 GPS: 31.37641, 120.07555
Longtouzhu is a peninsula formed by the Daeshan Mountain into the Taihu Lake. It resembles a dragon lying in the blue water of Taihu Lake, so the name is called the dragon head(Longtou). There are three scenic spots to enjoy the view. The Longmen Observation Deck and the Wanglong Pavilion, and one in the lake, can only truly appreciate the momentum of the Qinglong lying wave. The location of Wanglong Pavilion is suitable for viewing the dragon head.  
 

Shanjuan Cave    善卷洞 GPS: 31.29744, 119.67351
Shanjuan Cave is the oddest among the "three odd caves" in the area and the other two are Zhanggong Cave and Linggu Cave.Inside Shanjuan Cave is a world of stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations. It is about 800 meters in length and covers an area of 5,000 square meters, and could accommodate more than 1,000 people.  
 

Taihu Lake     太湖 GPS: 31.25795, 120.2051
Taihu Lake is just like a bright pearl set in the Yangtze River delta. It crosses Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces, where 48 islets of different sizes and 72 peaks and peninsulas along the lake combine to form a panorama of great natural beauty.  
 

Plums garden        荣氏梅园   GPS: 31.55374, 120.22442
Plum Garden (Meiyuan Garden) can be dated back to 1912. It was founded by the Rong’s brothers (Rong Zongjing and Rong Desheng). Plum Garden is named after varied types of plum trees been planted inside.  
 

  ZHOUZHUANG area
 
Zhouzhuang ancient water town    周庄古镇   GPS: 31.12639, 120.84525
Zhouzhuang is an ancient town where abounds with rivers and lakes. It is thought by many to be the best water town in China. This ancient town has a history of more than 900 years old with many houses built in the Ming and Qing Dynasties.  
 
 

 
 
 
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