- How the eastern Chinese city of Taizhou can fulfill the wish list for a dream trip to China
TAIZHOU, China, Aug. 4, 2023/PRNewswire/ -- When planning a trip to China, people should have a lot of imagination and expectation for the colorful experiences that this ancient country with vast territory and abundant resources can offer:
They may want to visit the picturesque mountains and rivers and feel the poetic atmosphere depicted in traditional Chinese ink paintings;
They may wish to trace the origins of traditional Chinese culture and learn more about the Eastern philosophy that values harmony while appreciating diversity;
They may wish to stroll through the quaint old streets to catch a glimpse of the historical sites that are not overshadowed by the bustling modern city;
Or maybe they want to take a gourmet tour of China, eating the best local delicacies along the way.
The advice is 'Come to Taizhou!' This city, located in eastern China's Zhejiang province, can almost single-handedly fulfill global travelers' wish list for a fulfilling trip to China.
Taizhou has both coastal and mountainous regions. It is home to three 5A-level national tourist attractions, which are Tiantai Mountain, Shenxianju Scenic Area, and Taizhou Ancient Town, 17 4A-level national tourist attractions, one world geological park, three national wetland parks, and four national scenic spots. . In addition, it has a beautiful coastline of 726 kilometers that connects three beautiful bays, which offers diverse and impressive landscapes, according to the Global Communication Center of Hehe Culture.
This is a city full of oriental romance.
On the one hand, the name Taizhou is closely related to China's time-honoured and sophisticated star culture. In ancient China, people divided corresponding areas on the ground according to the positions of the stars in the sky, and the place where Taizhou is located corresponds to Tai Star in the traditional Chinese 28 stars, hence its name.
On the other hand, Tiantai Mountain, located in the north of Taizhou, is an important cradle of Chinese harmonic culture, as well as the birthplace of the Tiantai Buddhist sect and the southern sect of Taoism in China.
Three different philosophical schools of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism have learned from each other here since ancient times, forming a unique cultural harmonious symbiosis, which is still evident today in the echo of Buddhist and Taoist temple bells in the mountain.
During the Tang Dynasty, Han Shanzi, a poet, and Shi De, a monk from the Guoqing Temple, lived in seclusion here. The former's poems were translated into many languages and were once a hit in Japan, Europe, and America.
Although they are not from a family, they have developed brotherly relationships, leaving behind many touching poems and legends. They have been named hehe gods by an emperor of the Qing Dynasty, which later became the symbol of Hehe culture with far-reaching influence at home and abroad.
Meanwhile, Taizhou is known for a rich legacy of poetry. In the Tang dynasty (618-907), one of the peaks of Chinese poetic culture, more than 300 poets came here, either asking for meditation or seclusion. They sang their aspirations and expressed their feelings by depicting local scenery, leaving behind more than 1,400 majestic poems, leaving a historic "Tang Dynasty poetry corridor" in eastern Zhejiang.
Li Bai, probably the best known Chinese poet, is one of the literati who stayed in Taizhou.
"Clad in rainbow garments, riding on the wind, come the queens of all the clouds, descending one by one. With tigers for their lute players and phoenixes for the dancers. Row upon row, like fields of hemp, stretch the fairy figures."
These fantastic and colorful scenes are not only in Li Bai's dreams, but could well be found in Taizhou's Shenxianju scenic spot. With unique geological structure, Shenxianju is the world's largest volcanic rhyolite landform group, which can offer a feeling of being in a fairyland, as its Chinese name suggests.
If people prefer to explore ancient buildings and street life, Taizhou Ancient Town, which has a history of more than 1,600 years, will definitely impress them.
A 5,000-meter-long ancient city wall of Taizhou meanders along lush green trees and a winding river, representing a beautiful different style from the Great Wall in Beijing.
Beneath the city wall, Ziyang Road, an ancient street running through the old city, boasts traditional charm and bustle. It used to be the most prosperous commercial district and has maintained the street pattern and architectural style of ancient times. Several old shops are interspersed among them, and walking through them makes one feel like stepping into ancient China.
And of course, food is an essential element of travel.
Taizhou is one of China's top online travel agency Trip.com's top emerging food destinations in 2022. There are not only glutinous snacks like black sesame rice cake, rice cake roll, and cake plum-shaped and sweet fruits such as Yongquan Township tangerine, Yuhuan County grapefruit, and Xianju County myrtle to replenish travelers' energy at any time, but also fresh delicacies from mountains and seas to satisfy the most demanding taste buds.
In recent years, Taizhou cuisine has gained a reputation and popularity among diners across the country and even the world for its unique local sweet and fresh flavors. The first three-Michelin-star Chinese restaurant in mainland China was born here, and Taizhou's Xinrongji Restaurant with 49 Michelin stars and 72 black pearls and diamonds has become the top-rated Chinese restaurant, and it is so popular that it is often difficult to catch A seat.
In addition, Taizhou is also a unique and charming seaside resort. The city offers poetic, landscape, romantic and even educational stays thanks to its cultural and landscape diversity, and all these stays will bring both mental and physical well-being and pleasure.
A good trip to China should not only offer a taste of the beautiful local scenery, good food and charming culture, but also a pace of modernization. Taizhou is one of the cities with the most economic vitality and innovative steam in China, an excellent tourist city in China and a national civilized city, and has been rated as one of the happiest Chinese cities seven times.
Taizhou "No.1 Highway" under construction is a highly recommended route for a road trip in China. This beautiful highway with a total length of about 270 kilometers passes through 6 cities, counties and districts, offering a view of natural coastal scenery, island parks, pastoral towns and cultural sites.
Home to mountains and seas, cultural relics and industrial clusters, ancient vestiges and modern places, Taizhou is a perfect combination of China's scenic beauty, culinary delight, cultural charm and economic development. Travelers simply won't regret visiting Taizhou for a dream trip to China.
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