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Reputed as “Dragon City” since the ancient times, Changzhou is an ancient city with a record history of over 2500 years, and at the same time, an emerging industrial city full of modern style and developed economy. Currently, Changzhou is administratively divided into two county-level cities of Jintan and Liyang, and five districts of Wujin, Xinbei, Tianning, Zhonglou and Qishuyan, covers a total area of 4,385 square kilometers, and has population of 3.6 million. The urban area covers 1,872 square kilometers, with a population of 2.27 million.

As a witness to the long history of Changzhou, the remains of Majiabang Culture, Songze Culture and Liangzhu Culture of the Neolithic Period were all discovered here. Since 547 BC when Ji Zha was granted this land of Yanling, the history of Changzhou has been inherited by generations; and the unique advantage of “key town in central Wu Region, famed capital among eight cities” makes Changzhou more charming and graceful among cities in the South Yangtze area. In addition, Changzhou is also one of the cradles of the China modern national industries, and has enjoyed the reputation of well-matched prosperous economy and industries. In the early of 1980s, Changzhou became a famous industrial star city, and jointly created the well-known “South Jiangsu Mode” together with some other cities.

Situated in the golden Yangtze River Delta with beautiful scenery and abundant resources, Changzhou is halfway between Shanghai and Nanjing, and together with Suzhou and Wuxi form the Su-Xi-Chang Metropolis Area. Changzhou enjoys quite a favorable geographic location and convenient traffic conditions of water, land and air. It borders the Yangtze Rive to the north, and Taihu Lake to the south, and is traversed by Shanghai-Nanjing Railway, Shanghai-Nanjing expressway, state highway 312, and Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. Besides, Changzhou owns a convenient water transport network crisscrossed by rivers and canals, leading to the Yangtze River and the East Sea. Port Changzhou on the Yangtze River is a category-1 open port, owns annual cargo handling capacity of approaching 30 million tons. In addition, Changzhou Civil Airport provides many scheduled flights to more than 20 domestic large and medium-sized cities, including Beijing, Guangzhou, Harbin, Chongqing, Dalian, Xiamen, Shenzhen, Haikou and Xi’an, etc.

During the 3 decades of reform and opening-up, Changzhou people have kept making progress, strived to speed up development, made great achievements in economic development, with the per-capita GDP exceeding 10,000 US dollars and built Changzhou into a modern manufacturing city and economic center full of competitive strength in the developed Yangtze River Delta. At present, Changzhou has been awarded many honorable titles, such as one of Top Ten Chinese Cities in Innovation Environment, one of Top 100 Chinese Cities in Investment Environment, National Advanced City in Model City Creation Work, China Excellent Tourism City, National Hygienic City, National Garden City, National Model City in Environment Protection and China Human Habitat Environment Model City, etc.

The bamboo materials for such carving are rather demanding,and the Mao bamboo(Phyllostachys Edulis)with three to five years old in winter time will be the ideal one. A distinguishing feature of the carving is that carving part is only limited on a very thin skin of the bamboo surface. One of the most celebrated and influential masters of such bamboo carving in modern times was Xu Subai,who was reputed as the key representative of Chinese green-retaining bamboo carving circles in the 20th century. Bai Shifeng is skilled in various carving methods,exact composition and subtle carving and is famous for his innovative subjects despite of his old age.
Reputed as National 4A Class Scenic Spot,Tianning Temple was originally built during the period of Emperor Zhenguan in Tang Dynasty,and has a history of over 1300 years. As the ancient tradition of Buddhism goes that a temple is built,where a pagoda is erected. The Tianning Pagoda has created eight wonders in China:it is the first pagoda with gold-plated roof and jade-decorated wall)。 The pagoda hanging the highest bell with 3.2 meters high and 15 tons weight at the top of pagoda at 118 meters high。 The one with the largest granite relief of 500 Arhats with 130 meters long and 2.8 meters high around the foundation of the pagoda。
It selects the natural wild Bighead Fish as the raw material and the water in Tianmu Lake. With the special cooking crafts of Chef Zhu,the taste is described as“refreshing but not fishy,rich but not greasy,milk-like soup with original taste”.Chef Zhu used to cook this dish for Deng Xiaoping,Jiang Zeming,Hu Jintao and was highly praised 。 The balls are white,smooth and refreshing. The soup is clean and nutritious,which is suitable for all people.