Chaozhou, China

Guangji BridgeLocated on the eastern tip of the Guangdong province, Chaozhou is a cultural centre of the larger region. With some great examples of world heritage, Chaozhou is an important ancient city of China.

While Chaozhou’s fortunes were high during the Ming dynasty, they declined sharply during the 17th century when around 100,000 people who opposed the Manchu regime were heartlessly massacred. When the 19th century came around Chaozhou was plagued by famine and poverty forcing mass emigration. Now Chaozhou holds the remnants of its past with the remains of the Ming City Walls which define the eastern boundary of Chaozhou’s old city centre.

Attractions

While this city is not one of the most popular tourist destinations, it does have a few attractions. Apart from the most obvious Ming City Wall attraction, there are other cultural and historical attractions to mention. The Kaiyuan Temple is one of China’s most influential Buddhism Study Institutes while it embodies the essence of architecture from various dynasties. Although it is over 200 years old, it is still a great example of an historical temple.

The Guangji Bridge is another Chaozhou attraction originally built in the Song Dynasty. Partially made out of small boats, it has been recently rebuilt so visitors can actually walk across it for a small cost.

Last but not least on your list should be the Xihuyuan Museum which stores a collection of unique natural stones with markings resembling Chinese characters.

If you are planning to stay the night here, two Chaozhou hotels you may want to look into include the Guest Hotel and Jin Long Hotel, both situated in the city centre and with reasonable rates.

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