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Suzhou gardens blending culture into nature

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With a history of more than 2,500 years, Suzhou, in east China's Jiangsu Province, is best known for its exquisite architecture and elegant gardens. So beautiful are the gardens in fact that they have served as ambassadors to the world on many occasions, their images adorning the background displays of cultural and commercial events hosted by the government and private enterprises.

Suzhou cultureThe Ming Hall in Metropolitan Museum in New York City is a clone of a cottage from one of Suzhou's gardens; and the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver is modeled on Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) gardens in Suzhou.

Two styles of garden are prevalent in China: imperial gardens, often seen in Beijing; and the private gardens found in Suzhou.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2008 02:48

China Navigation Day Celebration Ceremony Held in Jiangsu

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Senior legislator Hua Jianmin announces the opening of the 2008 China Navigation Day celebration activities Friday morning, July 11, 2008.

July 11 is China Navigation Day. To commemorate this, a series of celebration events were held on Friday in Taicang, a port city under the jurisdiction of Suzhou City, in east China's Jiangsu Province. Back 600 years, the well-known navigator, Zheng He, started his first expedition, in which he was a royal admiral in control of the huge fleet, including 317 ships and armed forces of 28,000 troops. Taicang at that time was a port town.

The senior legislator announced the start of the China Navigation Day celebrations, China News Service reported. China launched its first Navigation Day in 2005 to mark the 600th anniversary of the famous navigator's travel to the West.


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