10 Best Things To Do In Yangzhou, China

best things to do in yangzhou china

Yangzhou is a Chinese ocean side city that has lots of open scenic areas and gardens and lakes like the Slender Western Lake and the Geyuan Garden. This place also has a lot of Chinese historical attractions like temples and museums. Here are some great things to do there!

1. Slender Western Lake

Slender Western Lake
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This is a well-known picturesque pond that passes through the western borders of Yangzhou, in the form of the letter “L” and has lots of scenic spots that are located along the length of the lake and makes it all the more charming. In the night time, the Slender Western Lake is a beautiful place to visit with all the light of the moon, and there are even Chinese poems that recognize the beauty of the place in the moonlight. In Chinese poems and mythology, the lake is also referred to as Shou Xi Hu or thin lake and even evokes dream like and other worldly situations.

Slender Western Lake

Address: It is located in Hanjiang District of Yangzhou, just northwest of the city’s historic center

2. Daming Temple

Daming temple
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The Daming Temple is at the top of the middle of the peak Shuguang, located in the northwestern suburbs of Yangzhou city. The Daming Temple is well known for bringing together a number of attractions, including religious architecture, notable historic monuments and beautiful gardens. It is a national treasure rich in history and culture. The temple was known by several names after it was built in the Southern Dynasties during the Daming period. The temple of Daming is known for its ties to the monk Jhianzen, a familiar name for the Chinese and Japanese religious figure who was a monk of the Tang Dynasty and made a rich contribution to the cultural exchange between China and Japan during his travels and upon his return from Japan.

Daming Temple

Address: middle peak of Shugang Mountain, Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, China

Website: Daming Temple (in Chinese)

3. Ge Yuan Garden

Bamb Garden in Yangzhou
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Ge Yuan is a typical private garden in China. Bamboo is the main plant in the garden, complementing the stones that add to the elegance of the garden. In the main garden, the notable elements that can be seen other than the stones are the bamboo and rocks. Different rock formations are created from different types of rocks that also give it the name of rocks of the four seasons. The use of stones and bamboo actually reflect the adjoining of the Great South China area culture and the delicacy in the garden.

Ge Yuan Garden

Address: Yangzhou

4. He Yuan Garden

He Garden
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Originally named Jhixiao Villa, the garden was built by Zhidiao, a Chinese envoy in France. The garden was built in the old garden tree section of the Double Pagoda and there are pagoda trees that can be seen in the garden. The garden is located in a big area and there is also a large pond in the center. The water pavilion here has been represented in many films like the Dream of Red Mansions.

He Yuan Garden

Address: Yangzhou, Jiangsu province, China

5. Yangzhou Museum

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The Yangzhou Museum is the only museum of the local Chronicle and is a medium-sized entity with thousands of cultural relics and a vast exhibition and screening area. There are several thematic demonstration halls, such as calligraphy and painting, the Marco Polo Memorial hall, and the Dynasty hall. The cultural relics at the museum reflect the historical and cultural scenes of the Yangzhou area. It also covers archaeological excavations, the protection of relics, scientific research and the public and their education.

Yangzhou Museum

Address: in front of the Mingyue Lake on Yangzhou’ West Wenchang Road

Website: Yangzhou Museum (in Chinese)

6. Tomb of Puhaddin

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This is a tomb that was built in the Ming Dynasty and includes a mosque and a garden. The place is also divided by a wall of flowers and connects to the stone step door. The tomb is of the Muslim figure Puhaddin, descendant of the order of Muhammad, the prophet, according to the sign in the tomb. The tomb pavilion is a typical example of an assembly style combination of Chinese and Persian style elements and history of Islam in the region.

Tomb of Puhaddin

Address: South side of Jiefang Bridge, Guangling District, Yangzhou 225000, China

7. Pavilion of Flourishing Culture

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Built during the Ming Dynasty, the pavilion is located at the intersection of the Wenchang Road and Wenhe Road. The entire building is very tall and has three stories. With the burgeoning number of shops and restaurants, the pavilion is now a beautiful tourist attraction particularly at night.

Pavilion of Flourishing Culture

Address: it is located on the cross of Wenchang Road and Wenhe Road

8. Yangzhou Eight Weird Memorial Hall

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The Eight Weird Memorial Hall is located in the center of Huaihai Road and can be reached from alley ways. The memorial is small and records the action of eight weird deeds and there are statues, sculptures, and staff to show one around the complex.

Yangzhou Eight Weird Memorial Hall

Address: Youyi Road, Weiyang District,Yangzhou 225007, China

9. Changchun Ridge

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Located near the Slender Western Lake, this is a popular tourist attraction in the city with lots of water and ancient style architectural buildings. Picture perfect hotspot for the interested tourist.

Changchun Ridge

Address: Slender West Lake, Weiyang District, Yangzhou 225007, China

10. Ancient Canal

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This is a canal with laid out tracks that are easy to walk and are illuminated well at night, making it an attractive place to view by walking or by a cruise ship.

Ancient Canal

Address: Dingxing Road Nearby, Yangzhou, Jiangsu

Yangzhou is an ancient style Chinese city with history and culture

There are lots of natural attractions like the Slender Western Lake and the ridge, besides Chinese style temples and monuments in this beautiful city. The city is located in eastern China near the ocean and offers a thriving Chinese culture, shops and restaurants, and some popular tourist attractions, so make your booking soon!

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Msah is a writer from Calcutta, India and interested in exploring untrodden destinations and areas with an interest in activities, art and culture and nature space.

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