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Yangzhou in China- City of Historical Heritage

Yangzhou resembles a big Chinese garden and is a museum by itself. Situated on banks of Yangtze River, tourists are fascinated by its natural scenic beauty and magnificent water scenes.

Accommodation
Yangzhou has many two to four star hotels near the West bus stop. You can easily get buses to reach all major tourist spots. The Wenchang Business Area has high end, five star hotels which provide class facilities for executives travelling to Yangzhou for business purposes.

Hotels located in the centre of the city on Middle Yangzijiang Road and Wen Chang Middle Road are very near to the slender lake and offer beautiful scenic views. Restaurants and bus stops are easily accessible from there.

Most of the young backpackers prefer to stay in youth hostels and guest houses as they are safe and affordable. There are a few of them near “He Garden”. They provide single and double rooms with beds and extra facilities like hot water, food, internet, lockers are also available by paying some nominal charges. These youth hostels are near bus stations and so they provide connectivity to scenic spots of Yangzhou.

History
Yangzhou exists since 4th century B.C. Its earliest known name is Kuang-Ling. It got its name Yangzhou in 590 A.D. During the period of 1282-1287, Marco Polo served Yangzhou in the rule of emperor Kubilai Khan. Since the Ming Dynasty till the 19th century, it was majorly a trade centre for silk, rice and other commodities like salt regulated by the government. Being China’s canal and sea port Yangzhou is progressing fast and gaining importance as an administrative centre.

Popular Places and Monuments
Grand Canal is 1800 km long and also the longest in the world. It stretches from Beijing all the way up to Hangzhou. It’s an engineering marvel one must see.

Ge Yuan Garden on Dongguan Street is special for the Bamboo trees which have leaves resembling Chinese character Ge.

Da Ming Temple, Shou Xi Hu and Fenghuang Island are other places in Yangzhou with ultimate natural beauty.

Getting Around
The nearest airport for Yangzhou is in Nanjing, about 100 km away. It does not have rail connectivity, but is very easily accessible by bus from Shanghai, Suzhou and Nanjing. Public buses are very convenient for city travel and they can take to almost all scenic locales. Taxis are readily available and their fares are also less. Ferry services operate round the clock across Yangtze River. Rented tricycles are also used by youth to explore the city without guide by themselves.

Places of Entertainment
Nightlife here essentially consists of trips to Bathhouse. Bars and clubs are also increasing and are quite famous for their music among locals and tourists.

Currency
Official currency of Yangzhou is Renminbi (RMB) whose basic units are Yuan, Jiao and Fen. High end hotels offer currency exchange facilities. You can get the latest exchange rates from internet or news.

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