Yangzhou, the City of Humanities

Yangzhou, the City of Humanities
When red maple leaves color bridges, eyes feast autumn views. When green willows color the city, we know it is Yangzhou—By Wang Shizhen (1634AD-1711AD).
Yangzhou, where Marco Polo once served as a municipal official, is a city with a history of 2,500 years, tracing back to the Spring and Autumn Period(770BC-476BC. Situated in the middle part of Jianghuai Plain and on the north bank of lower reaches of the Yangtze River, Yangzhou has now been one of national tourist centers and has attracted tourists worldwide.
Generally, the best time to visit Yangzhou is during March to April. At this time, various flowers around the Slender West Lake are blooming with a riot of color, especially the pure white Wild Chinese Viburnum. In this season, Yangzhou portrays a sunny and vigorous image of a water city. However, during September and October, the pretty lakes are enveloped in the light mist and clouds, showing different style of scenery.
Culture of Yangzhou has made tremendous contributions to the accumulation of Chinese civilization. Dong Zhongshu, head of Jiangdu (the previous name of Yangzhou) in West Han Dynasty (206BC-8AD), was the first one to promote the Confucianism as the official ideology of Chinese imperial state, which laid a foundation for the ruling thoughts of China for thousands of years.
Zhang Ruoxu, poet of the Tang Dynasty (618AD-907AD), wrote his masterpiece Moonlit Flowers by the Spring River, which gained the reputation as “this piece of poem tops those else in the Tang dynasty.” Yangzhou also brought out numerous men of letters during the Ming (1368AD-1644AD) and Qing dynasties (1644AD-1911AD), whose great achievements in literature are closely linked with the humanity environment of Yangzhou.
The Eight Eccentrics of Yangzhou, the crafts, drama, opera arts, cuisine, gardens, engravings, and academic style of Yangzhou combined to add splendor to culture of Yangzhou.
Talking about Yangzhou, you would never forget its cuisine, the Huaiyang Cuisine originating from Yangzhou, one of the four best known cuisines in China. The cuisine emerged in the Sui Dynasty (581AD-618AD) and has a history spanning 1,200 years. Yangzhou Fried rice is a popular course in many overseas Chinese restaurants, plus many other famed dishes including Yangzhou Pickles, dumpling, sliced tofu, etc.
Source: www.yzlyw.com, http://yangzhou.jiangsu.net, www.travelchinaguide.com