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China Xuzhou City:

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One of China's renowned historical and cultural city, lcated in the Province of Jiangsu, between Beijing and Shanghai, Xuzhou is regarded as one of the most important trading centres between Northern and Southern China.

Xuzhou Economy:
The economic significance of the town is underlined by the excavation and processing of minerals, the development and manufacture of construction machinery, and the production of textiles.
Iron and coal mines are nearby, and the city has a small integrated steel complex. Other industries include machine building, textiles, and engineering.

The site of many great battles in ancient times, it is also where the well-known Huaihai Campaign occurred in modern Chinese history, when the Chinese People's Liberation Army wiped out more than half a million troops of the Chiang Kai-shek regime at the end of 1948 and the beginning of 1949.
Xuzhou was known as Dongshan from 1912 to 1945. It was in Shandong prov. from 1949 to 1952, when it was returned to Jiangsu.

It is a rail center at the junction of railroads serving Jiangsu, Shandong, Anhui, and Hunan provinces. It also has an airport.

Xuzhou Tourism:
Xuzhou features such tourist attractions as the terracotta warriors and horses of the Western Han Dynasty, Yunlong Mountain, museums, Yunlong Lake, tombs of the Han Dynasty in Dongshan Mountain, and the Quanshan Mountain Forest Nature Reserve.

Tourists will find many local dishes and refreshments in Xuzhou; Donpo pork and sweet and sour carp are two regional specialties. Toffee watermelon is not to be missed- it is hot on the surface while icy cool inside and goes well with wine in summer.

Xuzhou Culture:
Research and training also have an important part to play in Xuzhou as an educational centre. In the forefront of these is the China University of Mining and Technology, by means of which the first links with Leoben were established.

Xuzhou Attractive points:
The Terracotta Warriors and Horses of the Western Han
Unearthed from seven pits in Shizi Mountain of Xuzhou in 1 984, the clay figures of warriors and horses are another Important archaeological find after those of the Han Dynasty brought to light in Yangjiawan of Xianyang and those found in the mausoleum of the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty in Lintong of Van. Analyses reveal that they were buried underground as funeral objects with a dead king of State Chu.
Yunlong Mountain
Yunlong Mountain lies to the southwest of Xuzhou City. The mountain ranges rise and fall like a moving dragon. On the eastern side of Yunlong Mountain there is a 10-meter-high stone carving of the half-length portrait of Sakyamuni created in the Northern Wei Dynasty. At the top of the mountain are Fanghe Pavilion, Yinhe Pavilion and Zhang Shanren's former residence. Behind Fanghe Pavilion is a tablet corridor, where there are tablets by Huang Gongwang of the Yuan Dynasty and Dong Qichang of the Ming Dynasty. On the western slope of Yunlong Mountain is Huangmas Hillock and on the eastern slope is a stone bed.
Yunlong Lake
Yunlong Lake, located to the west of Yunlong Mountain in Xuzhou, is a man-made lake, surrounded by the mountains on the three sides: Yunlong Mountain in the east, Hanshan Mountain in the west, and Quanshan Mountain and Wanglao Mountain Peak in the south. To the north of Yunlong Lake is Yunlong Park, in which there are lake water, pavilions and Wulingmu's Tomb.
Xuzhou's Han Dynasty Treasures
Tourists coming to the 4000-year-old Xuzhou, the cradle of the Han culture, will find traces of the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220AD) everywhere, especially in Han tombs, Han Terra-cotta Army Museum and Han Stone Sculptures Museum. Xuzhou is located at the juncture of Jiangsu, Shandong and Anhui provinces in East China. Up to now, more than 30 Han tombs have been excavated in Xuzhou, and over 7,000 precious artifacts have been unearthed.
Datu Crag
Datu Crag is on Yunlong Mountain in Xuzhou. In the middle of the crag is a stone carving of the Guanyin Bodhisattva. As a stone grain on Buddha's waist looks like a girdle, it is also named "Guaryin with a jade girdle". 53 stone steps lead up to it. On either side of the gate there is a pavilion respectively named "Shiyi" and "Guanhui" taken from Su Dongpo's poem.
The Han Tomb on Tushan Hill
The Han Tomb lies to the north of Yunlong Mountain in Xuzhou, and is 18 meters high like a mound. It was the burial ground for aristocrats in the Eastern Han Dynasty. The coffin chambers are made of bricks and stones, in the shape of a cross, including the passage, front chamber and back chamber. The unearthed artifacts from the tomb are gold, silver, ceramics, jade articles, etc., of which the silverthread jade dress is a rarity in China.
Terrace for Teasing Horse
Terrace for Teasing Horse is on Hubu Mountain in Xuzhou. According to legend, after Chuba King Xiang Yu established the capital in Pengcheng (the former name for Xuzhou), he often watched his soldiers racing horses on the platform: hence the name. On the terrace is the Yunjiao Pavilion with double eaves. The stone stakes for tying horses and the tablet of "Terrace for Teasing Horse " still exist today. To the east of the terrace is Taitou Temple, established in the Southern Dynasties.
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