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Top 10 must-see attractions in Anhui (I)

2011-02-24 10:14:27 GMT2011-02-24 18:14:27(Beijing Time)  China Daily

Fengyang Royal Mausoleum of the Ming Dynasty is located in the southwest of Fenyang county. [lvmama. com]

Emerald Valley is located at the northern foot of Huangshan Mountain. [uutuu. com]

Anhui province, located in eastern China, crosses the basins of the Yangtze and Huaihe rivers. It covers an area of nearly 140,000 square kilometers and has a population of 68 million people. Among the many tourist areas in the province, China.org.cn selects the top 10 most famous and popular ones for travelers.

Fengyang Royal Mausoleum of the Ming Dynasty

Located in the southwest of Fengyang county, the mausoleum is the tomb of the parents of Zhu Yuanzhang, the first Emperor of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Construction of the mausoleum began in 1369 and was completed 14 years later.

The mausoleum is surrounded by three walls known as King, Brick and Earth. Along the walls there are many sites such as the main hall, the golden gate, Huangtang Bridge, and many stone sculptures. The tombstone of the mausoleum is about seven meters high and two meters wide, ranking first among all the emperors' mausoleums in China and a key cultural relic.

Travel Tips:

Best time to visit: all year

Admission: 50 yuan

Getting there: bus from Fengyang county.

Emerald Valley

Emerald Valley, also known as "Lovers' Valley", is located at the northern foot of Huangshan Mountain. It is about six kilometers long and has more than 100 emerald ponds.

During the day, as the sunlight moves, the ponds take on different colors, just like many emerald jades spreading over the valley. After sunset, the shadows of moon and mountain present another unique sight. The most famous scenic spots in the valley are Old Dragon Pool, Green Dragon Pool, Black Dragon Pool, White Dragon Pool and Emerald Pond.

Travel Tips:

Best time to visit: sights vary by the season

Admission: 70 yuan

Getting there: bus from the bus station near the Huangshan railway station.

Taiping Lake

Taiping Lake, the largest man-made lake in Anhui province, is located at the southern foot of the Huangshan Mountain and to the southeast of Jiuhua Mountain. It boasts beautiful waters, differently-shaped peninsulas and stunning stones.

Taiping Lake scenic area covers 275 square kilometers, holding 2.4 billion cubic meters of water. There are more than 10 differently shaped islands in the lake, where various wild animals to live. From the sky, the lake is like two dragons lying within the mountains, which brings the lake a reputation of the "Jade of South of the Yangtze River."

Travel Tips:

Best time to visit: April to October

Admission: 55 yuan

Getting there: bus from the bus station near the Huangshan railway station.

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