Yangtze River:Combining historical and Modern China

On June 26, 2013, in China Attractions, Cruises, Tours, Yangtze River, by Sandy Li

The Yangtze River has long been the lifeblood of China. Just as with any river, the Yangtze has been part of hundreds of historical and cultural events. The Yangtze River is the third largest river in the world and is nearly four thousand miles long. Throughout the history of China, this river has played a […]

The Yangtze River has long been the lifeblood of China. Just as with any river, the Yangtze has been part of hundreds of historical and cultural events. The Yangtze River is the third largest river in the world and is nearly four thousand miles long. Throughout the history of China, this river has played a crucial role in the lives of the people who call the shores of the Yangtze home. Not only has this river given life sustaining water and a means of irrigation to the people who call it home, but it has also been used as a means of shipping goods and people from west to east. The Yangtze has more than just a historical significance; it’s an important part of modern China as well.

Whether you are a person who is interested in the history of China or you want to see the more modern wonders such as the Three Gorges Dam, there is more than enough to keep you occupied when visiting the Yangtze River. When it comes to history, in many ways the history of the Yangtze River is the history of China. While many people look to the Great Wall of China as a source for understanding the history of China, the fact is the Yangtze River has played a much more vital role in the past of the Chinese people. When you journey along this river, you will have the chance to visit ancient battlefields, inspiring monasteries and more. If you enjoy learning a nation’s history, you will not be disappointed with what a trip along the Yangtze will yield.

If you are not one for history, do not worry, there is plenty of the modern world to see along the Yangtze as well. One of the world’s largest hydroelectric dams spans the Yangtze River. This dam, called Three Gorges Dam, is a breathtaking example of the will and strength of the Chinese people. This massive structure dominates the surrounding region and is considered by many to be one of the modern wonders of the world. This dam is used to put out more electrical power than any other damn in the world and is truly beyond description. However, not only is the Three Gorges Dam part of the Yangtze River, but the modern city of Shanghai is part of a Yangtze journey as well.

 Along with historical and modern attractions, the Yangtze River offers stunning natural vistas for visitors to feast their eyes on. Because the Yangtze runs west to east, it literally cuts China in half, giving people a unique opportunity to view the geographic wonders of China. Places such as Qutang Gorge and Three Little Gorges offer visitors a chance to see the land of China at its most beautiful. The picturesque locations will inspire the soul and truly give people an understanding of so much of what the Chinese people hold dear.Your journey along the Yangtze will be an amazing one and perhaps be one of the most significant experiences in your life. This river is not only the lifeblood of China, but also a way to see this world in a way that will give you a true understanding of China and its people.

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Searching the souvenirs for your Beijing Tour

Are you reluctant to part with Beijing? Do you feel hard to say goodbye to the Beijing cuisine? Do you want to share every details of Beijing with your family and friends? As to keep those beautiful memories, nothing can be compared with taking the proper souvenirs with you. Words below are for those who […]

Are you reluctant to part with Beijing? Do you feel hard to say goodbye to the Beijing cuisine? Do you want to share every details of Beijing with your family and friends? As to keep those beautiful memories, nothing can be compared with taking the proper souvenirs with you. Words below are for those who are bothered with picking the right souvenirs in Beijing.

Handicraft works

 Cloisonné

 Jingtailan bracelet

Cloisonné is also called enamel, originated from the old Peking in Yuan Dynasty, became popular during the year of Jingtai in Ming Dynasty (from 1450 to 1456). In Chinese, Cloisonné is Jingtailan, lan means blue. That’s because the main glaze color of cloisonné is peacock blue and sapphire blue.

Where to find: Wangfujing, Nanluoguxiang.

 

Chinese knot

 Chinese knot

Chinese knotting is the unique traditional handmade folk art in China. One Chinese knot is totally knitted by only one thread. It’s also possible to combine different knots together, as well as the knot and other accessories with lucky patterns. With the variety of the spirits of the orient, cloisonné now is regarded as a symbol of Chinese wisdom and Chinese culture.

Where to find: Wangfujing, Nanluoguxiang.

 

Peking painted clay figurine

 Painted clay figurine

The painted clay figurines of Niren Zhang have been quite popular with young foreigners recent years. Compared with the exaggerated modeling of modern cartoon dolls, Peking painted clay figurine exerts a spirit of original nature.

Where to find: Niren Zhang, B1 No.138 Wangfujing St. Dongcheng district, Beijing

 

Food

Peking duck

 Peking duck

Of all the Beijing cuisine for tourists to try, Peking duck is a must. It is known to the world for its beautiful red color, the tender succulent and the mellow taste. Don’t worry if you want to share the delicacy with your family who are now in another continent, the vacuum-packed Peking duck is a nice choice.

Where to find: BEIJING QUANJUDE QIANMEN RESTAURANT, No.30 Qianmen St. Beijing

 

Daoxiangcun Dim Sum

 Daoxiangcun Dim sum

Dim sum of Beijing Daoxiangcun can date from the year of 1895. The very first shop was located out of Qianmen , besides Guanyin Temple, started by a boy from Fragrance Drifting Village in Suzhou,. It was the first shop to supply the food from south China. The name of the village is also the Chinese meaning of Daoxiangcun. Pine nuts cakes, shortening cake, sweetheart pastry, honey pie, pecan pie, just choose whatever you want!

Where to find: No.130 Xidan North St. Xicheng district, Beijing

 

Tips :

If you buy the souvenirs on the stands alongside the street, you can bargain in most instances.

It’s better to buy the food like dim sums in a formal shop than at a stall. Be careful with the storage condition and guarantee period.

Do not forget the rules of Exit and Entry during shopping.

 

 

Take a Visit to Yangtze River

Yangtze River is the longest river in Asia and third longest river in the world only after Nile in Africa and Amazon in South America. Rising high from the Tanggula range in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, it flows for 6,418 kilometers eastward across most southern part of China. Before it empties itself into East Sea in Shanghai, […]

Yangtze River is the longest river in Asia and third longest river in the world only after Nile in Africa and Amazon in South America. Rising high from the Tanggula range in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, it flows for 6,418 kilometers eastward across most southern part of China. Before it empties itself into East Sea in Shanghai, Yangtze River traverses 11 provinces and cities including Qinghai, Tibet, Sichuan, Yunnan, Chongqing, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Anhui, Jiangsu and Shanghai. Along with the Yellow River, Yangtze River is considered the most important river in China and the cradle of Chinese civilization.

Yangtze River is blessed with many beautiful gorges, big or small. Some gorges are remarkably magnificent, some are intimidatingly precipitous and some are just amazingly beautiful. Most attractive part of the river is the Three Gorges: the Qutang Gorge, Wuxia Gorge and Xiling Gorge. Thethree Gorges is a 400 mile (650km) stretch of the river starting from Chongqing down to Yichang, Hubei Province. Among this stretch, the Yangtze River winds its way through the limestone cliffs and high mountains above raging rapids. You can select a 5-star international cruise ship or a budget ferry which suite your pocketbook best. No matter which one to choose, you will find a good value for what you get. Have a drink and soak yourself in the magical sights of Yangtze River, which will present diverse layers of landscapes with clean water, vibrating waterfalls and green peaks.

 

Besides its picturesque scenery, The Three Gorges area has been a rich and fertile land since ancient times. Here people can experience unique and colorful culture. You will find the Tujia Ethnic Minority’s culture enjoyable and interesting. Before marriage, women of Tujia ethnic group sing wailing songs for one month to show their gratitude to parents’ love and care and their reluctance for leaving home. The Jingchu culture, mainly regional culture of Hubei Province and Hunan Province, is famous for its various food specialties, local languages and dialects, and handcrafts, and so on. When you cruise along the Yangtze River or just travel in the Three Gorges area, don’t forget to visit famous historical attractions such as the Ghost City of Fengdu, Guan Yu Temple and the Three Gorges Dam. They are treasures of Yangtze River which will complete and make your  trip in china perfect.

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