Graceful East China

East China has very favorable natural conditions, and is rich in natural resources. The region has a wide range of industries, and it is also China’s highly developed region in economics, transportation and many other areas. It dominates in light industry, machinery, and electronics industries in China, and has an extensive network of railways, waterways, roads, and air traffic. To explore the potential as well as natural beauty of East China, foreign students visited different scenic as well as historical spots located in different parts of the above mentioned cities. As a whole, it was a very nice experience to visit this part of china which has a strong history as well as played an important role in the current economic progress of China.

Shanghai

When Shanghai first began from its humble begunnings, it was far from obvious that the world one day hear its roar. Since then, Shanghai has seen dramatic changes, spinning betwen the far extremes of Fortune's wheel. Dynamic is the best word to describe today's Shanghai. Since the 1990 opening of the Pudong Special Economic Zone, the city has found itself with more building cranes than all of North America, towersofglass and steel sprout up amidst ivy covered colonial villas and old Chinesehomes. Displaying all the contrasts of modern China, teeming neighborthoods and birth trees are woven togther by elevated highways and modern skyscrapers. Worldly travelers brush elbows with migrant workers; students and artists mingle as they pursue their dreams of wealth.

Hangzhou

Hangzhou remained known as Qingtang County until the Southern and Northern Dynasties (420 - 589). In 589, during the Sui Dynasty (581-618), it was given the present name Hangzhou, which was recorded in history books for the first time. It roughly meant the city across the river or the city accessible only by boat. The late sixth century, Hangzhou saw the extension of the Grand Canal started from Beijing and end in Hangzhou. The Canal made Hangzhou from a sleepy fishing village to an economic, agricultural and cultural center.

In 907, Hangzhou began to serve as capital of Wuyue after King Qian Liu chose the region to found his kingdom which lasted 79 years. He developed sea transportation and established ties with Japan, Korea, and India.

Hangzhou underwent dramatic development when the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) , pushed by the conquering Jin (Golden Tarta), established its capital there, officially called Linan, which means temporary peace . This was the most glorious period in Hangzhou s history. In the short period of a hundred years, the population increase to 1.24 million and the city was by far the biggest urban concentration in the world at the time. Moreover, its various industries, including porcelain manufacturing, textile, shipbuilding, papermaking and printing, got highly developed.

Nowadays, Hangzhou still attracts countless foreign tourists every year. They would like to see the Dragon Well Tea plantation and the silk museum and factory. Your visit to Hangzhou will be a memorable one and also a historic one.

 


Great East China Tour
Visit five main cities in this route, you can see the development of China since the reform of opening to the outside world. These cities are famous not only for the economy but also for the beautiful scenery.
Wongderful Huangshan and East China Tour
How can you miss Huangshan if you come to China. Let's arrange the most beautiful moutain as well as the most beautiful city in China for you. You'll have a wonderful expirence in this route. If you come up with rain, don't be upset. Westlake after the rain is even beaytiful!
East China and Watertown 6 Days Tour
In Chinese watertown, one can feel the time is still. It's like a soundless painting which tells the story of thousand years' history. You can see the real life of local people there. It takes you back to the ancient time within one day.

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