Located in the extreme East of Liaoning Province Dandong is among the Ten largest Cities in the Province with approximately 700.000 Citizens and its very own International Airport. Dandong is located at the mount of the Yalu River where it flows into the Bay of Korea, a part of the Yellow Sea. Apart from being a designated major export production center in Liaoning Province it has some intriguing historical sites. The main scenic sight is the Hu Shan and above described Tiger Mountain Great Wall of China.
The other famous spot is the Sino-Korea Friendship Bridge (中朝友谊桥)(also called the China-Korea Friendship Bridge).
Within the City is another historic landmark and
Located on a Hillside overlooking the Yalu River and border with North Korea lies
Benxi City & Area :
Southeast of Shenyang lies the major metropolis of Benxi, one of Liaoning Provinces' 3 largest Cities with 1.5 million inhabitants. Located nearby Benxi is the largest water-filled cave in Asia. Furthermore within an area of some 45 square kilometers (17 square miles) there is a large collection of Caves.
Within the boundaries of what is known as the Benxi Water Cave National Park, there are six areas of particular interest: Mount Miaohou, Mount Tiecha which is East of Benxi, Mount Guanmen, the Spa Temple, Tanggou Valley, and the Water Cave.
Mount Tiecha Holy Mountain is also known as Jiu Ding (Nine Tops). The Nine Tops referring to fact that its eastern, southern and northern peaks can be seen from all three sides.
Among Tiecha mountain's many caves is Yunguang Cave, which houses eight treasures: stone dragon, stone toad, stone fish, stone bed, stone lotus, stone longevity and 'the wind that calms the pearl'. The Tiecha Mountain with its Yunguang Cave is considered the birthplace of Taoism in Northeast China and is renowned for its large quantities of ancient calligraphy carved into its rocks on and near the Mountain.
Truly the most popular and spectacular marvel outside of Benxi City, however is the Water Cave. The water cave is an underground river 3 kilometers long and formed some 5000 years ago, known as the largest water filled cave in Asia. With its public entry point some 35 kilometers from the City Center of Benxi the flowing water is so clear that the riverbed is always visible. The underground flow is at least 2 meters deep and wide enough for 20-30 boats Visitors to follow each other so visitors can join a ride on the sightseeing boat-ride and enter into the magic and mystery of the stalactite formations that have formed over millions of years. Stalactites and Stalagmites, various colorful formations and such abound inside the illuminated cave.
At nearby sightseeing places and pavilions along the hillsides flocks of artists attempt artistic recreations of the various mountains within the Tanggou Valley where the main park is located. Other paint the flowers, Trees, waterfalls and streams of the scenic valley.
Benxi Water Cave National Park is a unique wonderland of pastoral beauty that combined with its various caves attracts many visitors from throughout the Province as well as other parts of China. Especially Japanese and Korean foreign travelers are often seen.
Among the historic and tourist highlights of Huanren Manchu Autonomous County are Wunu Mountain City, a Goguryeo Kingdom which is part of a combined UNESCO World Heritage Site that also includes sites in Ji'an a town on the North Korean Border just within Jilin Province.
Tiger Mountain - Hushan Great Wall of China on the Yalu River & Border :
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LiaoNing Province of China
Highlights, Monuments and Scenic sites of LiaoNing Province
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Shenyang - Provincial Capital City:
Dalian City and Dalian Beach :
Mt. Qianshan :
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Situated at the southern end of Liaoning Peninsula, with the Bohai Sea in the west and the Yellow Sea (Huanghai) Sea in the east Dalian is an important ice-free port and one of the 14 coastal open cities of the country. Known as the Hong Kong of North China, Dalian is a thriving economic hub with a modern skyline and vibrant city life. To most Chinese Dalian is the Resort City surrounded with Beaches and Dalian sees its fair share of tourism, on a national and international level.
With its temperate climate and beautiful scenery, Dalian is excellent recreation and summer resort well-known throughout the country and winning itself in recent years the reputation of "A Pearl on Huanghai Sea". Apart from its popular beaches Dalian City possesses an interesting city architecture with Japanese and Russian style buildings intermixed with the modern structures of today. Garden-like streets in the old downtown neighborhoods finish what is an interesting city landscape.
In and outside of the City there are many scenic spots such as Jinshitan scenic area, the Xinghai Park and Laohutan Park. Resort features and Natural Wonders can be found at Dalian's Nest Cliff and Tiger Beach, which has the largest aviary
Situated 25 kilometers south of Anshan City, Mount Qianshan is the Highest Peak in the Qianlian Shan - Thousand Lotusses Mountain Range, a part of the much higher Changbai Shan Range of Jilin Province in the North-East. Although the Qian Shan Mountain has a Height of only 708 Meters it is considered a Holy Mountain and listed as one of the three famous mountains and a famous scenic area's in Northeast China.
Inside the Mount Qianshan Scenic Area, there are more than 180 scenic spots consisting mainly of exotic pine trees, rocks of grotesque shapes and ancient temples. The main scenic spots include 5 ancient temples, (Longquan, Xiangyan, Zhonghui, Da'an and Zhuyue Temples) and 8 Taoist Temples. Further there are 9 palaces, 12 Buddhist convents, and then even more attractions.
Mount Qian Shan measures 0nly 703.8 Meters in height but has an acclaimed history dating as far back as the Reign of the Tang Dynasty. During the Reign of Empress Wu Zetian and thereafter specifically Buddhism saw a further Rise in Chinese Territories leaving today's visitors with remarkable jewels of ancient architecture among the Qian Shan Temple complexes.
The Longquan Temple which was built in the Tang Dynasty (618 AD - 907 AD) is the largest Buddhist temple in Mount Qianshan. The Wuliang Taoist Temple, which is located in Beigou Valley, is the first built Temple of Qian Shan Mountain and also the largest Taoist religious building in Liaoning Province entire.
A walk along the splendid trails to the top is Qian Shan's lofty peak leads past many ancient temples and is one of the most worthwhile hikes to make in the Province. Among the many peaks, a naturally formed statue of the Buddha stands an impressive 70 meters high. It is claimed to be largest naturally occurring image of Maitreya Buddha in the world.
Located North-East out of Fengcheng, 2.5 kilometers southeast of Fenghuang Man Autonomous County in Eastern Liaoning Province, Mount Fenghuang has a long history and counts is another famed mountain with a great number of historic sites.
Fenghuan Mountain is actually a Hill with a Height of a mere 840 Meters, but it has become famous regardless as the first famous mountain of the Great Wall of China in the East. Not even this is true as the real first Mountain of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall of China IN China is the Tiger Mountain, which is located due North of Dandong, however regardless Fenghuan Mountain is counted as one of the four famous mountains in Liaoning Province.
It is famous mainly the Great Wall of China outer layer defenses of the Ming Dynasty, curving along its peaks, westward from within North Korea towards the far away City of Shenyang. The scenic mountain further counts a collection of ancient temples and pagodas, steles and stone inscriptions, clear springs and an abundance of rare plants. The main scenic spots include Zanyun Peak and Diecui Peak.
On the mountain top of Tiger Mountain (HuShan) stands a beacon tower, erected there many centuries ago to guard against intruding armies from the North. Later during the late 16Th and the 17Th Century in particular these sections of the Great Wall were in defense against the arising ManchuQhing Dynasty of the North. The Tiger Mountain beacon tower gives a panoramic view across Yalu River and along the Sino-Korean border. As the Tiger Mountain lies on the bank of the Yalu River it is the highlight of a tour of the important scenic spots of the Yalu River Facing the Red Island in the Yalu River and the ancient city of Yizhou (Sinuiju) in North Korea, across the River, the Beacon at Tiger Mountain offers some of the most remarkable views among the many of the Great Wall of China today.
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Imperial Palace at Shenyang, a miniature version of the "Forbidden City" (Palace Museum) in Beijing, reflecting the future ambitions of the Ching Dynasty of the North. Shenyang International Ice and Snow Festival.
The Highlights and Scenic Spots of Liaoning Province are truly too many to mention. Depending on taste and choice of interest, there is the modern City of Dalian - the Hong Kong of the North and naturally the Capital of Shenyang, for those seeking the City high-life. Those in need of a holiday on the Beach best refer to coastal cities on either the Liaodong Peninsula or along the South-Western coastline of the Province.
The Most well-known Tourist Site in Liaoning is the former Qing Dynasty Imperial Palace of the Ching Dynasty (1644 AD - 1911 AD), who had their homeland in Manchuria and Shenyang as their Capital before their conquest of China entire. The second Imperial Palace after the "Forbidden City" in Beijing, the "Mukden Palace" is a sprawling estate located in the old quarters of the City of Shenyang, a Museum with enormous historic value that was recently added to the UNESCO World Historic and Cultural Heritage List.
On the other hand the much appreciated sites of the Province are mainly located in the East, where Fenghuan Shan and Tiger Mountain carry the Great Wall of China along their ridges. The Ultimate East Terminus of the Great Wall of China outermost layer starts with the beacon tower atop the Tiger Mountain then winds west through Liaoning and around Shenyang City to disappear over the Nulu'Erhu Mountains in Western Liaoning Province into Inner-Mongolia Autonomous Region where it ends somewhere far North-East of Hohhot in the Gobi Desert.
Holy Mountains in Liaoning amount to mere Hills, but there are two options to chose from. The Qian Shan, which is easily accesible from Anshan City, and the Fenghuan Shan, which lies at some distance traveling North-West out of Dandong City on the North Korean Border and near the Yellow Sea Coastline.
Anshan is further the site of the "Anshan Jade Buddha", the largest Jade Buddha Statue in the world.
The highest Mountain in
Liaoning Province is Mount Huabozi - HuaBozi Shan, which with a mere 1336 Meters announces the more Northernly Changbai Shan Mountain Range.
A last hidden Jewel of the Province, a place not often visited by foreigners (so far), are the "Three Tombs (Shi Ling)", the site of the historically significant Tombs of the founders of the Qing Dynasty. The Tombs are also known as the "Three Tombs outside of the Great Wall" as they are the only Imperial Burial sites not strictly on Chinese soil.
Before conquering the Chinese Empire in 1644 AD, the Tribes of Manchuria had been united under the Flag of the Aisin-Gioro Clan of the Manchu. Their Leader until 1626 AD was Chief Nuerhachi. Among the achievements of Nuerhachi were the capture and creation of Capital at the City of Shenyang in Manchuria (Manchukuo in Chinese).
At Shenyang Nuerhachi first became a Northern Prince and Ruler, then the Emperor of the Northern Qing Dynasty.
Border, and - welcomed by the common people, established an Empire that would last for 455 Years, counting 11 Emperors.
The burial sites of Three Great Princes of the Qing Dynasty of the North compose the Three Tombs outside the Great Wall. The First and most Important among these Tombs is Fuling Tomb, which is also known as the Eastern Tomb.
Fu Ling is the largest and most magnificent shrine and tomb of the Three as it is the burial site of none less than
founding Emperor Nuerhachi and his mistress, who is also are buried at Fuling Tomb.
The succesor of Nuerhachi, Nurhachi's son, Huang Taiji (the father of Emperor Shunzhi) and his empress are buried in Zhaoling. The largesse and beautiful surroundings of the enormous Beiling Park surrounding Zhaoling tomb have seen compared to the Ming Tombs (Shisan Ling), just North of Beijing. A third tomb, Yongling Tomb, completes the famous tomb group known as the "three tombs outside of the Great Wall".
in China (18,000 square meters or 6,950 square miles) and possibly the largest animal sculpture in the world. Dalian is considered by its own City Government as a brightly glittering pearl attracting numerous foreign and domestic tourists eager to escape the summer heat of mainland cities, as well as business-men and -women from across the Globe. Easily reached through its ultra-modern Shoushuizhi International Airport Dalian is one of the main economic engines of the North-East.
Liaoning Province is opulent in natural beauty as well as interesting monuments and attractions. Aside from the ones listed above, there is the 300,000-year-old Yingkou Jinniushan Relic, Phoenix Mountain, and Bingyu Valley.
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The third must-participate-in activity for tourists and holidayers visiting Dandong is to rent a speed boats or buy a ticket for a ride on one of the frequent passenger boats and head onto the waters of the Yalu River.
As exactly half of the flow of the river belongs to China (PRC) boats are able to approach the middle of the river and offer a closer look at the North Korean city of Sinuiju.
North Koreans often gather close to the river's edge, waving to foreigners as they cruise by. The view of the City does not offer much to see except for a ferris wheel that is viewable from across the Yalu River. Some claim it was probably built for propaganda purposes. Visa to travel across the border and visit Sinuiji however, are notoriously hard to come by (Try: Impossible) so, so far, no one has gone over to find out the answer to the ridle (The DrBen.Net / ChinaReport Staff will be working to gain access with North-Korean permission).
Regardless of the uninteresting Skyline of Sinuiju, the Yalu River Crossing and Friendship Bridge attract plenty visitors, especially in the summer high season.
Last but not least Dandong's provincial area's are the home of some Manchu Ethnic Communities. Find them concentrated in Kuandian Manchu Autonomous County (simplified Chinese: 宽甸满族自治县; pinyin: Kuāndiàn Mǎnzú Zìzhìxiàn) of Dandong Prefecture.
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