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Xishan Island
Xishan Island (Chinese: 西山岛) is a part of Suzhou
Suzhou
(苏州)[1] It's the largest island in Lake Tai[2] covering an area of 79.8 square kilometers. There are 72 mountains in Taihu County, with 41 of them located in Xishan Island. The highest mountain, Piaomiao Mountain (缥缈峰),[3] is 336.6 meters high and also belongs to Xishan Island. The official name of Xishan Island derived from Xishan Town (西山镇)[4] but on June 28, 2007, it was changed to Jinting Town (金庭镇). To develop a local tourism industry, Xishan Scenic Zone (西山风景区)[5] was founded. There are lots of natural landscapes in Xishan Island, including Shigongshan (石公山),[6] Linwudong (林屋洞),[7] Mingyuewan (明月湾),[8] Baoshansi (包山寺),[9] Xiangxuehai (香雪海),[10] and so on. Apart from these tourist attractions, Xishan Island is also well known for producing a variety of fruits
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Chinese Language
Legend:   Countries identified Chinese as a primary, administrative, or native language   Countries with more than 5,000,000 Chinese speakers   Countries with more than 1,000,000 Chinese speakers   Countries with more than 500,000 Chinese speakers   Countries with more than 100,000 Chinese speakers   Major Chinese-speaking settlementsThis article contains IPA phonetic symbols. Without proper rendering support, you may see question marks, boxes, or other symbols instead of Unicode
Unicode
characters
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Jiming Temple
The Jiming Temple
Jiming Temple
(Chinese: 鸡鸣寺) is a renowned Buddhist temple in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China. One of the oldest temples in Nanjing,[1] it is located in the Xuanwu District near Xuanwu Lake.[2]Contents1 History 2 Description 3 References 4 External linksHistory[edit] The temple, which literally means "rooster crowing" was first constructed in 527 during the Liang dynasty
Liang dynasty
and has been destroyed and reconstructed many times. The existing temple was initially constructed during the Ming dynasty[3] during the reign of the Hongwu Emperor in 1387.[4] It was destroyed during the Taiping Rebellion
Taiping Rebellion
but was rebuilt later. By 1931 most temple buildings had been appropriated as barracks by police and army of the Nationalist government
Nationalist government
of Republican China. The main hall had been emptied completely apart from the large Buddha statue
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Wuyue Culture
Wuyue culture
Wuyue culture
(吳越文化) refers to the culture of Wuyue people, the Han Chinese group that has historically been the dominant demographic in the southern halve of Jiangsu
Jiangsu
province, the entirety of Zhejiang
Zhejiang
province and the city of Shanghai
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Shuochang
Shuochang (simplified Chinese: 说唱; traditional Chinese: 說唱; pinyin: shuōchàng; literally "speak [and] sing") is a form of traditional Chinese storytelling (or, more properly, "story-singing"), with many regional subgenres; it is also often referred to as "narrative." Shuochang performances usually intermix speaking and singing, and are accompanied by percussion instruments and sometimes also plucked or bowed string instruments. Shuochang is most often performed by a solo male or female singer, although it may also be performed by two singers
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Jiangsu Cuisine
Jiangsu
Jiangsu
cuisine (蘇菜), also known as Su cuisine, is one of the Eight Culinary Traditions of Chinese cuisine. It is derived from the native cooking styles of Jiangsu
Jiangsu
Province. In general, Jiangsu cuisine's texture is characterised as soft, but not to the point of mushy or falling apart. For example, the meat tastes quite soft but would not separate from the bone when picked up. As the style of Jiangsu
Jiangsu
cuisine is typically practised near the sea, fish is a very common ingredient in cooking
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Chinese Opera
Traditional Chinese opera
Chinese opera
(Chinese: 戲曲; pinyin: xìqǔ; Jyutping: hei3 kuk1), or Xiqu, is a popular form of drama and musical theatre in China with roots going back to the early periods in China. It is a composite performance art that is an amalgamation of various art forms that existed in ancient China, and evolved gradually over more than a thousand years, reaching its mature form in the 13th century during the Song Dynasty
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Ge Yuan Garden
Geyuan Garden
Garden
(Chinese: 个园; pinyin: Gè Yuán) is located in Yangzhou, a city renowned for traditional private gardens, in Jiangsu Province, southeast China. The Geyuan Garden
Garden
is open to the public, throughout the four seasons. Spring is demonstrated with a picture of bamboo and rock. Summer
Summer
is represented by the steel-grey Taihu stone, a popular tourist attraction. Autumn
Autumn
is depicted by Huangshan
Huangshan
stone, and winter by Xuan stone.[1]Contents1 History 2 Architecture 3 See also 4 References 5 External linksHistory[edit] The Geyuan Garden
Garden
was known as "the garden of the long-lived Ganoderma" during the Ming Dynasty
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Purple Mountain
Purple Mountain
Purple Mountain
or Zijin Shan (Chinese: 紫金山, Zĭjīnshān, lit. "Purple-Gold Mountain") is located on the eastern side of Nanjing
Nanjing
in Jiangsu
Jiangsu
province, China. It is 448.2 m[1] (1467 ft) high, with the lowest point 30 m (98 ft). Its peaks are often found enveloped in mysterious purple and golden clouds at dawn and dusk, hence its name. A small mountain with an area about 20 square kilometres (4,900 acres), Purple Mountain
Purple Mountain
is a mountain related to many historical events of both ancient and modern China
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Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum
Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum (Chinese: 中山陵; pinyin: Zhōng shān líng) is situated at the foot of the second peak of Mount Zijin (Purple Mountain) in Nanjing, China. Construction of the tomb started in January 1926, and was finished in spring of 1929. The architect was Lu Yanzhi, who died shortly after it was finished.Contents1 History1.1 Selection of the design2 Architecture 3 High profile visits 4 See also 5 References 6 External linksHistory[edit] Dr. Sun was born in Guangdong
Guangdong
province of China on 12 November 1866, and died in 1925 in Beijing, China. On 23 April 1929, the Chinese government appointed He Yingqin
He Yingqin
to be in charge of laying Dr. Sun to rest. On 26 May, the coffin departed from Beijing, and on 28 May, it arrived in Nanjing. On 1 June, 1929, Dr. Sun was buried there
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Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum
The Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum
Mausoleum
(Chinese: 明孝陵; pinyin: Míng Xiào Líng; literally: "Ming filial mausoleum") is the tomb of the Hongwu Emperor, the founder of the Ming dynasty. It lies at the southern foot of Purple Mountain, located east of the historical centre of Nanjing, China. Legend says that in order to prevent robbery of the tomb, 13 identical processions of funeral troops started from 13 city gates to obscure the real burying site.[1] The construction of the mausoleum began during the Hongwu Emperor's life in 1381 and ended in 1405, during the reign of his son the Yongle Emperor, with a huge expenditure of resources involving 100,000 labourers. The original wall of the mausoleum was more than 22.5 kilometres long
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Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge
The Nanjing
Nanjing
Yangtze River
Yangtze River
Bridge (Chinese: 南京长江大桥; pinyin: Nánjīng Chángjiāng Dàqiáo) is a double-decked road-rail truss bridge across the Yangtze River
Yangtze River
between Pukou
Pukou
and Xiaguan in Nanjing, China. Its upper deck is part of China
China
National Highway 104, spanning 4,588 metres (15,052 ft). Its lower deck, with a double-track railway, is 6,772 metres (22,218 ft) long, and completes the Beijing-Shanghai Railway, which had been divided by the Yangtze for decades. Its right bridge consists of nine piers, with the maximum span of 160 metres (525 ft) and the total length of 1,576 metres (5,171 ft). The bridge carries approximately 80,000 vehicles and 190 trains per day. The bridge was completed and open for traffic in 1968
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Nanjing Normal University
Sanjiang Normal College, National Nanjing
Nanjing
Higher Normal School, The Fourth National Sun Yat-sen University, College of Education, National Central University, Teacher's College, Nanjing
Nanjing
University,
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Hanshan Temple
Coordinates: 31°18′44.67″N 120°33′53.39″E / 31.3124083°N 120.5648306°E / 31.3124083; 120.5648306Boats at the Maple BridgeStatue of poet Zhang Ji at Maple BridgeBellsStatue in Hanshan Temple Hanshan Temple
Hanshan Temple
(Chinese: 寒山寺; pinyin: Hánshān Sì); literally: "Cold Mountain Temple", is a Buddhist temple and monastery in Suzhou, China. It is located at the town of Fengqiao (lit. Maple Bridge), about 5 kilometres west of the old city of Suzhou. Traditionally, Hanshan Temple
Hanshan Temple
is believed to have been founded during the Tianjian era (502–519) of the reign of Emperor Wu of Liang, in the Southern and Northern Dynasties
Southern and Northern Dynasties
period. The current name of the monastery derives from Hanshan, the legendary monk and poet
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Huqiu Tower
The Tiger Hill Pagoda, more officially the Yunyan Pagoda[1] (Chinese: 云岩寺塔; pinyin: Yún yán sì tǎ; Suzhou
Suzhou
Wu: Yuin nge zy thaeh, Wu Chinese pronunciation: [ɦʏn ŋe̞ zz̩ tʰɑʔ] or Chinese: 虎丘塔; pinyin: Hŭ qiū tǎ; Suzhou
Suzhou
Wu: Hou chieu thaeh, Wu Chinese pronunciation: [hou tɕʰʏ tʰɑʔ]), also sometimes translated as Huqiu Tower, is a Chinese pagoda
Chinese pagoda
situated on Tiger Hill in Suzhou
Suzhou
city, Jiangsu Province
Jiangsu Province
of Eastern China. It is nicknamed the 'Leaning Tower of China'.[1]Contents1 History 2 Description2.1 Leaning tower3 Present day 4 Notes4.1 References5 See alsoHistory[edit] The primary pagoda of the former Yunyan Temple, which was founded in 327 and rebuilt for the last time in 1871
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Grand Buddha At Ling Shan
Coordinates: 31°25′55″N 120°5′29″E / 31.43194°N 120.09139°E / 31.43194; 120.09139 The Grand Buddha (simplified Chinese: 灵山大佛; traditional Chinese: 靈山大佛; pinyin: Língshān Dà Fó) is located at the south of the Longshan Mountain, near Mashan, town of Wuxi, Jiangsu
Jiangsu
Province, People's Republic of China. It is one of the largest Buddha statues in China
China
and also in the world. At more than 88 metres high, the Grand Buddha at Ling Shan
Grand Buddha at Ling Shan
is a bronze Amitabha
Amitabha
standing Buddha outdoor, weighing over 700 tons
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