Yangzhou, one of China's famous historical and cultural cities, has long been eulogized as "famous city on Jianghuai Plain". Located at the junction of the Yangzi River and the Grand Canal, the city began to be built in 486 B.C. during the Spring and Autumn Period. So far it has a history of over 2,480 years. In the past, Yangzhou was named Hangou, Guangling, Jiangdu, Wucheng and Weiyang.
Yangzhou was one of the country's nine natural regions in remote antiquity. It became not only a political and military base of southeastern China in the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220), but also an important distribution center of grain, salt and iron in China, and a major harbor as well because of its favorable location in the Jianghuai Plain.
Since ancient times, Yangzhou has been a tourist city. From as early as the Six Dynasties (222-589), there was an old saying "to visit Yangzhou by riding on a crane, one has to tie myriads of strings of coins around the waist", which means that Yangzhou is really an amazing land while you have to spend a lot of money.
Yangzhou has been the ideal place to be frequently visited by men of letters and scholars since ancient times. In the Tang Dynasty, it lured numerous celebrities and scholars. Its ancient civilization and splendid culture even aroused the emperors' interest in touring the city.
It is said that the Emperor Yang of the Sui Dynasty visited Yangzhou three times for appreciating the city's rare flowers, and the emperors Kangxi and Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) had been to the city six times each. Their visits made many places of interest in Yangzhou famous nationwide. Nowadays, these sites have become the most valuable tourist resources in developing the city's tourist industry.
With a long history and flourishing culture, Yangzhou is well known to the public not only because it has numerous landscapes, but also for its many scholars and masterpieces. So, it has helped Yangzhou win a reputation as full of beautiful things to be appreciated.
The city blessed with pleasant weather and elegant natural landscapes, is one of the 24 cultural and historical cities first approved by the State Council as an important open and tourist city along the Yangtze River Delta.
The Yangzhou culture not only has an important bearing on the value of cultural relics, but has already been considered a tradition and trend permeating the blood of local people. It is an open culture in a comprehensive and creative way. Yangzhou drama storytelling in a local dialect, and puppet show are cultural forms favored by the local people. The inscriptions in ancient books belong to the precious cultural legacy of Yangzhou, while the calligraphy and paintings from the Eight Eccentric Artists of Yangzhou have far-reaching influence on the art of Chinese drawing in modern times.
Now the ancient Yangzhou City has rejuvenated its vigor, greeting its tourists from home and abroad with a new look.
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