Jun 30 Day 1 Shenzhen to Xining
Hello travelers, this is Ishtiaq from Bangladesh, can call me 阿德 in
Chinese, doing study in Jiangnan University, Wuxi, Jiangsu, China. I
love to travel and take photo. During stay in China I have been to many
cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Sanya, ShanDong, Hangzhou,
Kunming, Wuhan, Nanjing etc. Recently, I was invited for 5 days trip to
beautiful and elegant city Yangzhou in Jiangsu Province. The formerly
Romanized as Yangchow, is a prefecture-level city in central Jiangsu
Province, China. Sitting on the north bank of the Yangtze. Historically,
Yangzhou was one of the wealthiest cities in China, known at various
periods for its great merchant families, poets , name, and scholars. Its
name (lit. “Rising Prefecture”) refers to its former position as the
capital of the ancient Yangzhou prefecture in imperial China. During my
trip I got chance to visit almost every historical and interesting
places and restaurants.
The plane arrived Xining on time. It took about 40mins to get to Sofitel
Hotel. It is the brand new 5 star hotel in town. It is in the new west
district. There is a mall and grocery store next by. It is quite cozy
We had early dinner at this super popular restaurant 青真益鑫羊肉手抓馆.
The fresh homemade yoghurt was so yummy.
Jul 1 Day 2
We met up with our driver Mr Ma at the hotel at 0830. Our first
destination is 塔尔寺。
According to my plan, I took bus from Wuxi to Yangzhou. Arrived at the
hotel at 14:00. On the way I could notice clearly Yangzhou is very
clean, green and beautiful modern city. The hotel where we stayed is
called “Slender west lake”. Yangzhou Slender West Lake hot spring resort
is located on the pictures thin West Lake, only a road to the east gate
of Slender West Lake. The resort covers an area of 130,000 square
meters, equipped with hot springs, accommodation, catering, business
meetings, leisure and entertainment facilities, only 5 minutes away from
the city Wenchang Pavilion. Song Jiacheng, Daming Temple, Guanyin
Mountain and other famous scenic spots around Yangzhou, surrounded by
rich tourist resources, weekend resorts and leisure resorts. There every
room is a different cottage with mixed of old architecture and modern
facilities. Every room is far from another with well-furnished by
individual bathtub under open sky.
After having some rest in my cottage, went to another cottage with other
photographers and models to enjoy the flower arranging in bathtub with
milk. There we watched live show of flower arranging with beautiful 2
Chinese model. I could imagine the old king palace culture when Queen
used to take bath with milk and flower. Later we went to have dinner and
tasted HuaiYang food. To be mentioned Huaiyang Cuisine is one of the
four traditional Chinese cuisines, originating in Yangzhou and Huai’an.
The restaurant is full of Huai and Yang characteristics. Most of the raw
materials are mainly aquatic products. Most of Huaiyang cuisines are
mainly based on Jianghu River, supported by top cooking, with the
essence of the taste as the best, and the pursuit of good tastes, but
also the elegance and elegance without losing its elegance, especially
the unique concept of harmony, precision, purity and newness. First
day’s trip finished after the dinner as it was raining outside.
We didn’t follow the standard itin. We drove pass 日月山and淌倒河 and
didn’t stop. It was a good decision. We ended up sufficient time at
Mr Ma was super nice and with good experience. He picked great places to
stop and helped us to take many great photos.
Our second day started with nice morning tea-breakfast in an amazing
natural place surroundings by water and green trees. It was kind of a
hut which surroundings are open. We learned and tasted Yangzhou’s
characteristic tea and breakfast presentation culture.
After having wonderful breakfast, we have been to slender west lake
scenic spot. There we visited scenic spots and historic places among
five pavilion bridge, twenty-four bridge, lotus pond and diaoyutai, also
had a boat riding around the beautiful lake. Later we enjoyed Guqing
performance with nice song and puppet dance. It is one of the ancient
We are blessed with good weather and great travel timing. The yellow
flowers at Qinghai are blossoming. The lake is so tranquile and in aqua
After a while, we walked through the garden to find the place for
learning national studies with traditional clothes. The teacher arranged
the teaching method such a way that we went back to the ancient time
through time machine for a while. Sitting arrangements, book holding
style, reading style, furniture’s everything had ancient and traditional
After learning national studies, we had a very interesting experience of
learning and tasting famous “Yangzhou chao fan”. This food took my
personal interest as I found this item in different places across China
before. One of the professional chef showed us how to cook “Yangzhou
chao fan” and we were given to taste also. It was really delicious and
quite different than other chao fan. Knowing about traditional clay art
and puppet show were also an interesting experience. I believe everyone
should learn about this in early age. Clay art will make you creative,
artist and passionate. Puppet show will take you a colorful trip to
history. It was resting and lunch time after puppet show. We had our
lunch in Slender west lake restaurant. In lunch we’re served by the all
delicious and traditional food of Yangzhou.
After lunch we went to Daming temple , Daming Temple was approved by the
State Council to be included in the sixth batch of national key cultural
relics protection units. It was named Daming due to build in the early
Southern Song Emperor Ming dynasty years (457-464 years). For more than
1,500 years, the name of the temple has changed a lot. For example, the
dynasty called “Hailing Temple” and “West Temple”, and the end of the
Tang Dynasty called “Weighing”. In the Qing Dynasty, because of the word
“Da Ming”, it was once called “Hailing Temple”, and Emperor
Qianlong’s30-year-old emperor’s handwritten title “敕法法净寺”. In 1980,
Daming Temple was restored to its original name. In 2002, it was rated
as a national AAAA level scenic spot.
Mr Ma took us to visit the tibetan home at Qinghai Lake. It costed
rmb100 each. It was fun and the photos turned out are great.
There we learned Chinese calligraphy and enjoyed great performance of
Buddhist monk. Monks showed the history of the place and Yangzhou
through their wonderful performances. We came back to Slender west lake
hotel after finishing the performance and we watched amazing Chinese tea
culture with nice silent environment. The room was so silent even we
could hear our breathing. Also had Q&A part after tea culture
performance. Teacher answered all questions what we asked about china
and tea. Everything together it was very wonderful experience. We went
to have dinner in Yangzhou Banquet after the tea culture program. I
think Yangzhou banquet is one of the best places to eat in Yangzhou.
Their service was so pleasant.
After dinner we enjoyed the best performance in Yangzhou called “Spring
River Flower Moonlight Night”. It is the first masterpiece of Jiangnan
gardens created by Yangzhou. Hundreds of spectators experienced a
beautiful audio-visual journey across the “Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and
Qing Dynasties, and from the ancient times” it’s was an hour-long
Mr Ma also took us up the hill to have a panaramic view of the lake. The
air was so fresh. It was definitely a detoxing trip.
It is one of the best performances show I watched after romance show in
Hainan. After the show, we went back to hotel for having rest and
getting ready for next day.
Then back down to the lake shore.
The Inn we stayed in is the best one i could ever find. Warm, clean and
There are hundreds camp fire party at each camp site around Qinghai
Jul 2 Day 3
Everyone woke up and get to the shore around 0530 to wait for this
special moment… sun rise at Qinghai Lake.
Then we travelled to the great salt lake.This place was so amazingly
Remember to bring sandals and sun block.
We had our last breakfast in west slender hotel as it was our last day
in that beautiful hotel. After having breakfast, we head to Yangzhou
double museum. Yangzhou double museum is located in the West District of
Yangzhou New Town. It consists of Yangzhou Chinese Engraving Printing
Museum and Yangzhou Museum New Building. There are
Guanglingchao-Yangzhou City Story Hall, Yangzhou Eight-Ghost Painting
and Calligraphy Hall, Ming and Qing Dynasties Painting and Calligraphy
Hall, National Treasure Hall, Yangzhou Ancient Carving Hall, China
Engraving Printing Exhibition Hall, Yangzhou Engraving Printing
Exhibition Hall and a temporary exhibition hall with eight exhibition
The opening of the Yangzhou double Pavilion has become a landmark
building for Yangzhou’s cultural construction and has become one of the
most important windows for displaying Yangzhou’s traditional culture and
We took our lunch after we had finished visiting the museum. We had a
little rest before we went to enjoy “thousand autumn powder performance.
“Thousand autumn powder” is a tourist attraction created by Yangzhou Xie
Yuchun. It is located in Dongguan Street and was rebuilt on the original
Xie Chunchun site. “Thousand autumn powder” reproduces the famous women
who has far-reaching influence in Yangzhou history through various stage
art such as vocal music, dance, instrumental music, local folk art,
drama sketches and style catwalks. The performance is aimed at the needs
of citizens and tourists.
After enjoying their awesome performance, we move to our new hotel named
“Hotel Changle Inn” located beside a famous street called “Yangzhou
Dongguan street”. Yangzhou Dongguan Street is located in east to the
ancient canal and west to National Day Road, with a total length of
1,122 meters. Dongguan Street used to be not only the main road of
Yangzhou water and land transportation, but also the center of commerce,
handicraft industry and religious culture.
5hr drive from the salt lake to 祁连。The little switzerland.
Stepping into the Hotel Changle Inn you can feel the depth and distance
of its history, the form of nature and freshness, is a rare quiet and
elegant place. There are many cultural attractions around the hotel, the
Grand Canal, Slender West Lake, one of the four major garden buildings
in the country, Wudang Palace, Wangshi Xiaoyuan, Zhuodi Temple, Zhu
Ziqing’s former residence, Shigong Temple, Yangzhou Eight Eccentric
Memorial Hall, etc. The scenery reflects the humanities and customs of
Yangzhou. The rooms are decorated with Ming and Qing dynasty vertical
lamp wardrobes and dressing boxes. Articles, chairs and other daily
necessities, while in the hall and bedroom set up some hanging screens
and sitting screens, restore the true sense of history. The former
residence of Li Changle and the Fahrenheit Garden in the central part
will be characterized by its better courtyard-style dwellings. In the
interior decoration design, as the classical suite area of the guest
room, the east side is the hotel public area, including the lobby bar,
dining room, and multi-function. Hall, banquet hall, central courtyard
view, upscale courtyard business and business meeting area; on the west
side is the hotel room area. The southern end of the pot garden will be
used as an important public area of the hotel with its good building
quality and value.