August 30, 2009

Walking inside the inner town, visitors will surely marvel at the ancient architecture here. There are over 30 types including monasteries, temples, cabinets, caves, courtyards and palaces. All of them were delicately designed by the skillful architects of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. A number of exquisite articles, such as the stone sculptures of Ciyun Temple and wooden sculptures of Shoufo Temple are all worth a look. You can visit the ancient business streets to admire the elegant classical wooden houses. If you like, stop at one of those tea houses and have a taste of the famous local snacks, such as Qingyan tofu, rice tofu and rose sugar.

 

 

While traveling in Qingyan Ancient Town, visitors will hear many stories of historical figures that were born or lived here. The first Zhuang Yuan (winner of the national examination) of Guizhou Province during the Qing Dynasty was Mr. Zhao Yijiong who was born and brought up in Qingyan Town. Mr. Chang Pinggang, the General Secretary of Dr. Sun Yat-sen was a county fellow of Qingyan Town.
Qingyan Ancient Town is really a fantastic place for visitors to learn about Chinese ancient culture. Time permitting, it is worthwhile to stay in the town for one or two days. By doing so, you can grasp a better sense of the classical elegance of this unique ancient town in the early morning.

 

August 30, 2009

 

 

Qingyan Ancient Town, one of the most famous historical and cultural towns in Guizhou Province, lies in the southern suburb of Guiyang. As an ancient town, covering an area of 741 acres, Qingyan Town was originally built in 1378. Nowadays, because of its long history and strong cultural atmosphere, Qingyan Ancient Town has become an attractive destination for numerous domestic and foreign tourists.
Dating back to the beginning of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644), Qingyan town was built for military reasons. Because of its geographical location, Zhu Yuanzhang, the first emperor of Ming Dynasty established it as a station for transferring military messages and to house a standing army. Through years of modification and repeated restoration, Qingyan Ancient Town has gradually become a distinctive ancient town with cultural features of Ming and Qing Dynasties (1644-1911).

Although small in size, Qingyan Ancient Town has a well-planned architectural style, hundreds of sites of relics, and an influential local culture.

Due to the local geology, Qingyan Ancient Town was built completely of stone. Visitors can see spectacular city walls built right on the cliffs with vast rocks, which divided Qingyan into inner and outer towns. There are four gates in the wall facing north, south, east and west. Outside the four gates, there were originally eight stone tablets, which were considered the symbols of Qingyan Ancient Town. Of the eight, three remain with delicate sculptures on each surface. The most famous one is called Zhao Lunli

August 30, 2009

Being the capital of Guizhou province, Guiyang is the political, economical, educational and cultural center in Guizhou and also the ecological experimental city in the field of recycling economy in the country. The name Guiyang, abbreviated into Zhu, has been called for more than 400 years. The name stems from the location it lies at the south of Mountain Gui as well as its bamboos produced here which was made into musical instruments.
 Guiyang is located amid the inland southeastern China area, at the east side of Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau. Layers of mountains and deep valleys spread in this city. The city covers an area of 8034 km² with downtown area of 2403 km². The average altitude is 1250m. It is under the influence of subtropical humid and mild climate, which is featured by no bad heat in the summer and no severe coldness in the winter. The air is not dry here because of adequate sunshine and rainfall. No earthquake and no sand wind across the year. The annual average temperature  is 15.3℃, annual precipitation is 1197mm, annual sunshine time is around 1278 hours, annual comparative humidity is 76.9%, forest-free period is 270 days. In its administrative area, the forest reaches 2,793 k㎡, making the forest coverage be 35%. The downtown area is encircled by mountains and verdant forest. It is called the Forest City and wins the good reputation of
 By the end of 2005, the population amounted to 3.528 million including 15.4% minority people, which is 37 kinds. The non-agricultural population made up of 47.05% of the total.
 Subordinate to the city, there are 10 districts( cities and counties), i.e. Yunyan District, Nanming District, Huaxi District, Wudang District, Baiyun District, Xiaohe District, Qingzhen City, Kaiyang County, Xiuwen County and Xifeng County. There are 2 country-level development zones—-Guiyang National High & New Tech Industrial Development Zone and Guiyang Economic Tech Development Zone, plus 1 province-level development Zone—Guiyang Baiyun Economic Development Zone. The Jinyang New Zone (JYNZ), which is under construction, is planned to use land of 1.06 k㎡ and hold population of 0.5 million. It is a new district combining administration, culture & education, habitation, finance, commerce, trade with high & new tech industry, etc.. The local administrative government compound is situated in JYNZ. The Guiyang government is exerting all the efforts to built JYNZ into an ecological, digitalized, new and modernized city, achieving sustainable development in this place, which will become another suburb besides the old downtown.
 Because of its special location, Guiyang is an important traffic hub in southwestern region in the country and also a communication hinge, a comprehensive industrial base and a scenic spot. The railways of Sichuang-Guizhou, Hunan-Guizhou, Guizhou-Kunming, Guizhou-Guangxi meet in Guiyang. The national road 322 and 210 go across the whole city. There are highways and high-level roads that can reach various places. The passenger flow in the 4D international airport is 5 million.