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The heart of Guangzhou's former European concession—France and England both set up shop on this sandy river island in 1859 toward the end of the Opium Wars—Shamian Island...


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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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