As soon as I arrive at Huaxi Village, I find rows of villas shine before my eyes with a vast square behind me. Tens of colorful flags are waving in the wind on the square, fully symbolizing the economic strength of Huaxi Corporation, and I am informed that the products produced in the village sell well in world market. The 1000-meter long Huaxi Avenue is in the west, along which a number of highlighted architectures are available, including Huaxi Double Bridge, the miniature Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge, Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge and Jiangyin Bridge, just like flying dragons in the sky. These bridges are called “Dragon Corridors” by the locals, in which theaters, cinemas, restaurants and shopping malls are available for visitors from all over the world.
I am guided to climb up “Huaxi Golden Tower”, a magnificent 15-story building with luxurious decorations, on the top of which I have a panoramic view of the whole village: tidy rows of villas, blue swimming pools, the miniature Great Wall and the miniature Tian’anmen Square as well as the miniature U.S. Capitol on the distant mountains. Walking out of the tower, I visit a farmer’s house, where modern facilities are well equipped, and the rooms are clean and tidy with simple decoration.
Saying goodbye to the farmer’s, I am advised to visit the Farmer Park, where a number of attractions drawn from ancient Chinese histoty are available, including Meeting across Magpie Bridge, Calling on Zhuge Liang Repeat to Enlist Help, Liu Bei Appointing His General and Twelve Symbolic Animals. 5 bull statues are placed around Magpie Bridge, under which the crocodile statues are arranged in the river, symbolizing the ideal of preparing for danger in times of safety.
Walking past the bridge, I visit a brick-structured cave dwelling, in the middle of which is a round conference room with delicately-decorated murals on the wall, themed with Chairman Mao in Cave Dwelling and General Xue Pinggui Retuning to Cave Dwelling, and the village leaders hold meeting in the room regularly. Centered with Dragon Roaring Pond, the Farmer Park also holds Huajia Pavilion, Guxi Pavailion, Qiyi Pavilion and Qingmao Pavilion.
In the afternoon, I climb up mountain with my guide, where I appreciate Huaxi Great Wall and the miniature Tian’anmen Square, and I really admire the hard-working spirit of the locals to create such wonderful architectures.
In the evening, I am invited to have a report delivered by Wu Renbao, the head of Huaxi Village, rather moved by his simple but inspiring speech, and I believe that I find a secret to success: working harder with intelligence.
Author: Yang Qingwei
Of all the cities in China, I have a special affection for Jiangyin of Jiangsu Province. Not only did I spend my hardest times in my life there, but its natural scenery is really amazing, so I spend the national holiday in Jiangyin this year.
So much has changed since I left the city in 2007, with newly-built buildings lined one after another, and the trees along the roadsides seem much taller than they used to, making me so nostalgic that I cannot help holding back my bittersweet tears, and the past days flash in my memory, just like a long lost friend.
Still I remember that I used to wander in the parks in Jiangyin on weekends, alone as usual, trying to draw some inspiration from the blue lake, flowers and the straight camphor trees as well as the sand beach and the decorative floating yachts, so I decide to visit Erbizui Park and Huangshanhu Park as soon as I arrived at Jiangyin.
Well-prepared and rather excited, I head for Erbizui Park in the morning, which is northwest of Jiangyin and famous for its sinuous wandering peaks. The park is comprised of the Fort Museum, Riverside Sightseeing Area, Forest Recreational Area and the Memorial Hall for Crossing Yangtze River Campaign. Setting foot on the park, I feel a strong sense of culture, and it seems as if I were shuttling in history. I walk through Erbi Cave measuring 216 meters long, 15 meters wide and 2 meters high, which was initially built by the Kuomingtang to fight against Japanese invasion.Erbi Cave has functioned as a path leading to the Yangtze River, which is an important site for sightseeing and researching as well.
Coming out of the cave, I walk on the rugged path leading to a pavilion by the Yangtze Riverside, with visitors taking photos or chasing along the way. Eventually I reach to the pavilion, watching the river rushing into the east without stop, which makes me think a lot. Just like our human beings, we come into the world, live, love, fight and fade silently, whether we are rich or poor, honorable or humble, and we are destined to perish from the earth and never return, which is just like the course of Yangtze River, and it roars, rolls, moans and flows into an unknown world.
Rather tired when returning from Erbizui Park, and I rest myself in a restaurant by riverside. I visit Huangshanhu Park at 2 p.m., which is north of Jiangyin with Huangshan Mountain and Erbizui Park as its neighbors, and it’s actually composed of Huangshanhu Lake Area, the Themed Park Area and a 5-star hotel area.
Huangshanhu Lake is the center of the park, and a number of entertaining facilities are available between the lake and the Central Harp Square, including yachts, boats, a swimming pool, a surfing pool, a man-made beach, a water stage and a fishing platform, which is not only pleasant for sightseeing, but you can entertain yourself by taking a boat in the lake, letting it take its course. Walking into the park through the main gate I walk on the wide Camphor Tree Avenue, along which the trees cast their shadows on visitors, the lotus flowers wave in a little pond, the birds chirp on the tree branches, the soft music lingers in the air and the bamboos rustle in the wind.
At the end of the avenue is a lake, along which rows of beaches and tables are available for visitors, and a blue lake shines just before your eyes. Looking far into the distance, you can see the magnificent Jiangyin Grand Bridge spanning across the Yangtze River, linking Jiangyin and Jingjiang perfectly, and Jiyang Mountain Villa is also visible, with the mountains stretching for miles standing out in sharp relief against the azure sky and white clouds.
In the evening, I stroll along the lake alone and watch the decorative lights along riverside flicking, setting off its reflections in the lake, and the murmuring whispers of the lake make me intoxicated, which is really a charming experience for me.
Author: Yang Qingwei
China Highlights staff members Rebecca He and Yao Yuguang shot a video about Chinese cooking in Guilin's Sheraton Hotel on September 29th.
Mr. Huang, a cook at the Hotel, showed the process of Chinese cooking through making two simple home-style dishes: sweet and sour pork with pineapple, and fried rice in Yangzhou style. These two dishes only show a small part of the extensive and profound art of Chinese food, which has many characteristic cookery styles and cuisines.
The cook, Mr. Huang is making fried rice in Yangzhou style.
Mr. Huang is making sweet and sour pork with pineapple.
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Along with the operation of the high-speed railway, the traveling time from Zhengzhou to Wuhan is shortened from four hours and 28 minutes to around two hours. This high-speed railway connects Zhengzhou East Railway Station and with Wuhan Railway Station, passing through seven cities.
The timetable below shows the departure/arrival time and high-speed trains' ticket prices.
Zhengzhou – Wuhan/ Wuhan - Zhengzhou
First class: 398 yuan
This high-speed railway provides a great convenience for communication between Central and Southeast China. Passengers can take high-speed trains from Zhengzhou East Railway Station to Xi'an, and from Wuhan Railway Station to Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hefei and Nanjing.
There are five ways for customers to buy trains tickets: online, by telephone, auto ticket selling machine, railway station ticket selling window, and local train ticket office. Customers can book train tickets at most 12 days on line and by telephone and 10 days in a ticket window at a railway station or a local train ticket office. Plan and book your train travel in China with us now! You can also create your own train tour with our help.
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