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For many, the Bund (Wàitān, 外滩) is the face of Shanghai. Even as the city transforms itself, growing upwards and outwards at a tremendous rate, the Bund's Art Deco and Neoclassical facades appear...

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Another Nanchang attraction conveniently situated in the downtown core, the August 1st Uprising Museum (Bayi Jinianguan) makes a nice addition to a day-long circuit that could include the Tengwang Pavilion, Bayi Park, Youmin Temple, People's Square and perhaps even the Bu Xing Road pedestrian street if there's time.  The museum is composed of two buildings, one the museum proper and the other the Former Headquarters of the People's Liberation Army. Allow for two to three hours to see everything in its entirety. ..

An impressive, majestic building looking over the Gan river to the west, the Tenwang Pavilion was originally built in memory of a Tang prince over 1,000 years ago, but has been rebuilt 26 times since then, the latest of these reconstructions taking place in 1989. Surrounded by rockeries, gardens, pavilions and ponds, the exterior of the building is as worthwhile to visit, if not more so, than the interior. Once you've had enough of the photogenic areas outside, head in to take a look at the displays on the six floors within. ..

Dragon Head Cliff (Lóng Shǒu Yá, 龙首崖) is so named for its resemblance to a dragon perched and ready to take flight. Although the likeness may not be made by average onlooker, in the eyes of esteemed Tang Dynasty poet Li Bai, it looked like a dragon—and so the name stuck. Resemblances aside, Dragon Head Cliff precipice offers an awe-inspiring view out over the Jiangxi plains below. The natural rock platform that forms the dragon's head protrudes over the edge of the cliff which drops away several hundred..

The first thing you are likely to notice about the Kuling (Guling in Mandarin) area of town is its jumble of architectural styles. In the late 19th century, Lushan gained notoriety as a place to escape the summer heat and many villas of various styles where built by both Chinese and foreign travelers. Some of the lavish Victorian style buildings have now been converted into hotels. One of the most beautifully preserved of these western style villas is Meilu Villa. Built in the early 1900's, the villa was gifted to Chiang Kaishek's..

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