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The Ancient City of Dali (Dàlǐ Gǔchéng, 大理古城), or Dali Old Town, is another great example of ancient and modern fusing together in China. The architecture is indeed ancient with...

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Located in Túnxī (屯溪), the central district of Huangshan City, Tunxi Old Street (屯溪老街 Túnxī Lǎo Jiē) is a stone pedestrian street lined with old shops and restaurants in restored buildings, some originally dating back to the Song Dynasty, done in the traditional style of the region's Huizhou culture. Among those, Tóngdérén (同德仁) is a traditional Chinese medicine shop opened in the 1860s. Starting from the Zhenhai Bridge (镇海桥 Zhènhǎi Qiáo) in the west and ending in the east at the Memorial..

The southernmost major peak accessible from the Western Steps, Celestial Capital Peak (Tiandu Feng) is 1,830 m (6,003 ft) high. Something of a Chinese Olympus, the "Celestial Capital" takes its name from its role in legend as the home of the Immortals and location of the city of heaven. Though slighlty lower than nearby Lotus Flower Peak, it is the steepest of them all, with a nearly vertical stretech of the narrow ascent, the Baizhang Ladder. The peak is a popular spot for couples to affix..

Huang Shan's hot springs (wenquan) maintain a steaming temperature of 42ºC (107ºF) year round. Guests may bathe in the healing waters, purported to cure arthritis and skin problems. Don't expect gorgeous natural mountain pools, however—the waters have been channeled into functional pools in a bathhouse next to the Huangshan Hotel. There are a number of other places to stay, and many find it a quieter and more pleasant option than overnighting in Tangkou.  

Reaching the dizzying height of 1,864 m (6,000 ft), Lotus Flower Peak is the highest of Huang Shan's major summits. It takes its name from the arrangement of smaller ridges and peaks around it, which are said to resembe a lotus flower. The imaginative interpretation of nature's fantastic shapes here don't stop with the peak: it's famed for pines in the shape of flying dragons. Depending on the time of year, it's also possible to see the rare Yellow Mountain Azalea in bloom.   Needless to say, the view is gorgeous, with..

At an elevation of 1,840 m (6,037 ft), Bright Summit Peak is the second highest in Huang Shan. North of Lotus Flower Peak and accessible via the Western Steps and trails to the northeast leading toward Beihai, it is generally regarded as the best place to catch the sunrise and watch the "cloud sea" below. It also provides great views of Celestial Capital Peak, Lotus Flower Peak, the Crucian Ridge and Jade Screen Peak.   

Owning much historical significance as a Three Kingdoms (220-265) era battlefield, Xiaoyaojin (also known as Leisure Ford Park) is Hefei's largest park. History records that Sun Quan, who later went on to become the King of  Wu, and his 100,000 troops suffered a humiliating defeat on the ground of Xiayaojin at the hands of Wei general Zhang Liao and his 7,000-odd soldiers. In its current form, Xiaoyaojin Park, located in northeastern Hefei, houses a small zoo, a small bonsai forrest, a rare Chinese plants..

Built during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), Mingjiao Temple (Mingjiao Si) is yet another one of China's many Buddhist sanctuaries with a long history of desacration and reconstruction. Fortunately for today's visitors, this marvelous walled temple and its peach orchard are in excellent shape. Situated some five meters above ground, Mingjiao encompasses the Buddhist Palace, a Sutra Depository and Western Chamber Park, as well as approximiately 30 statues of Buddha. The site's history goes back at least as far as the second..

The Anhui Provincial Museum is a massive, 11,580 square-meter shrine, strictly dedicated to the region's cultural contributions to Chinese history. At last count, the museum was home to 104,684 relics, consisting of bronze, pottery, porcelain, jade, gold, ancient coins, silk ware, paintings, and choice examples of the "Four Treasures of Study," namely the writing brush, ink stick, ink slab and paper. The permanent collection focuses on the Ancient History of Anhui, the Revolutionary History of Anhui and Fossils of Ancient Extinct Life..

Located in Baohe Park, Lord Bao's Tomb (Bao Gong Ci)  is commemorates one of Hefei's most well respected and beloved sons. Lord Bao (999-1062), whose full name was Bao Zheng, served as a judge during the tumultuous Northern Song Dynasty (960 - 1127) and became so famous for his just ways and defense of China's common people that today he is known throughout China by many as Bao Gong, or the "God of Justice," and prayed to accordingly.   His popularity is also well marked in folk tales, song and traditional..

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