Lying in central Jiangsu Province, the city
of Yangzhou has the Changjiang River to the south, the Huaihe River
to the north, and the Grand Canal flowing through its urban area. Built
2,480 years ago, Yangzhou was once the economic and cultural center
of areas between the Changjiang and Huaihe river valleys and an important
port for the earliest trade and contacts between China and the rest
of the world. The ancestors of people in Yangzhou created a splendid
culture and left behind them a large number of historical relics and
sites, making it a wellknown tourist city in China. These include the
Lesser West Lake, Hongqiao Bridge, the Mist and Rain Tower, the Ershisi
Bridge, and Huhu Humble Cottage.
The Marco Polo Memorial Hall
The hall is inside the Tianning Temple. Marco Polo was an Italian traveller.
He lived for 17 years in China and held an official position in Yangzhou
for three years. On display in the memorial hall arc materials showing
his life in China.
Lesser West Lake
A lake narrow and long to the west of Yangzhou, it extends from Hongqiao
Bridge in the south to Shugang Hill in the north. It is so named because
the lake is as beautiful as West Lake in Hangzhou but narrower and smaller
in size. Its scenic attractions include the Greater Hongqiao Bridge,
Xuyuan Garden, the Lesser Jinshan Hill, the Fishing Terrace, and Wangchun