Location: East to Nanjing
Area: Cover a total area of 6634 square kilometers
With the times as well as remains its time-honored cultures and customs. With the renowned saying "Heading east for Yangzhou among hazy vernal hues", the city has attracted a great number of people both home and abroad to come and experience its elegance and charm. In the section, ShanghaiFocus will provide you with all-round and useful information as your guide when traveling in Yangzhou.
What to do in Yangzhou
Yangzhou Slender West Lake is a must-visit spot not only for its splendid scenery but also the wonderful food streets along with specialty markets around it. Such yummy delicacies as Steamed Chicken over Bamboo leaves, Steamed Pig's Head, Shrimp-roe wonton and noodles, Yangzhou Fried Rice etc. are available here, meeting most customers' requirements. Nevertheless, local specialties, known as the representatives of unique Yangzhou cultures and customs, like Yangzhou stuffed animal toys, Yangzhou lacquer, Yangzhou paper-cut, Yangzhou Jade Article etc. can be found here as well.
Yangzhou also involves a lot of Chinese folk arts that can greatly reflect its time-honored culture. People can enjoy such renowned folk art forms as Yangzhou opera, Yangzhou Pinghua, Yangzhou Qingqu, Yangzhou puppet-show. Yangzhou Opera, also regarded as "Wei Yang Opera", was based on Huagu Opera and Xianghuo Opera as well as utilizing Yangzhou Qingqu and folk ballads as sources of reference. Yangzhou Pinghua, also called as Yangzhou Pingci, is a sort of old opera that performed by Yangzhou dialects and prevalent in Nanjing, Shanghai, Zhenjiang and other cities. While my favorite Yangzhou puppet-show is often played in major international arts festivals and cultural activities with great honores, loved by the people throughout the world.
Yangzhou serves as a quite integrated transportation hub, in possession of trains, buses, taxis, ports, expressways etc. Therefore, transportation here is accessible and very convenient. Since it is a comparatively small city, Yangzhou does not possess its own airport. However, tourists who prefer to travel by air can land at Nanjing Lukou International Airport, which is about 100 kilometers away from Yangzhou. Daily buses between Nanjing and Yangzhou run at an interval of nearly half an hour and cost only one hour and a half to reach the destination.
The most important transport facilities are long-distance buses and expressways, by which one can easily get wherever they want within the city as well as the neighboring cities. Besides, so as to benefit travelers throughout the world, sightseeing buses have been introduced in the city with a tour guide on each bus. In a word, tourists can enjoy themselves without worrying about the transportation problems.
Best Visiting Time
The well-known saying "Heading east for Yangzhou among hazy vernal hues" has revealed the best visiting time-the spring time. Each year, from April the 18th to May the 18th, a reputable Tourism Festival will be host in the city, attracting a lot of people not only the natives, the neighboring citizens, but also overseas travelers to come. This period is treated as the Golden Time of Yangzhou.
Besides, during the period between December the 8th and October the 8th, another famous festival-The Cultural Festival is organized by Yangzhou locals to celebrate the mid-Autumn Festival. Lots of interesting activities related to the Festival are provided for tourists to enjoy themselves at utmost.