Beautiful taizhou

Beautiful Taizhou

Propitious Taizhou

Inheritance of a long history, immersion of traditional culture and edification of social customs make today’s propitious Taizhou In Taizhou, you will be filled with sense of warmth and kindness; into Taizhou, you can be bathed in propitious omen and enjoy good times.

Favorable Climatic Weather • A Fertile Land

With fertile soil suitable for cultivation and farming, densely distributed rivers convenient for irrigation. It has multiple varieties of crops with high output, making it a national major commodity grain-cotton production base and the biggest “green granary” in Jiangsu Province. With vast water coverage, crisscrossed rivers, rich aquatic products of fishes, shrimps, crabs, shellfishes and so on, Taizhou is the biggest fresh water breeding base in Jiangsu Province.

Inheritance of a long history, immersion of traditional culture and edification of social customs make today’s propitious Taizhou In Taizhou, you will be filled with sense of warmth and kindness; into Taizhou, you can be bathed in propitious omen and enjoy good times.

Outstanding People • A Civilized Land

As the national famous historical and cultural city, Taizhou is the birth place of the people’s navy and mother city of marines. Taizhou has a history of over 2,100 years and it has cultivated numerous outstanding people since ancient times, making it the birthplace of leaders, celebrities and generals and the cradle of enterprisers and entrepreneurs. Zheng Banqiao, Shi Nai’an, Mei Lanfang and other sages and confucianists appeared in “ancient Taizhou”, while another batch of national political figures and intellectual elites comes from “new Taizhou”. A batch of outstanding enterprisers and leading enterprises is growing here and a batch of the global top 500 companies and high-level innovation and entrepreneurship talents settles down and is developing rapidly.

The former site of the birthplace of the PLA Navy was Baimamiao, Taizhou City. A lord manor was formerly situated here. In 1949, as the PLA was prepared to cross the Yangtze River, Eastern Front Command of Cross-the-River Campaign was located here. The first navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, Navy in east China, was established here on April 23, 1949. On February 17, 1989, the Central Military Commission made a formal decision that Baimaimiao of Taizhou is the birthplace of the PLA Navy.

Taizhou enjoys the reputation of scholarly atmosphere leading the Huainan region. Among preachers of scholarly atmosphere, the most famous one was Hu Yuan, a well-known educator in the Northern Song Dynasty. He devoted his whole life to education. He successively taught for about thirty years in Taizhou, Suzhou, Huzhou and the Imperial College in the capital. More than a thousand people were instructed by him and most famous officials and scholars were his students. Shenzong Emperor of Song Dynasty praised him as a real scholar. Anding Academy that was chosen by Hu Yuan as the private school to give lectures now is still well preserved.

Another enlightenment master in giving lectures and preaching was Wang Gen, the founder of the Taizhou School. Taizhou School was the only schools of philosophy named after a place in ancient China. Wang Gen put forward “doctrines lie in daily life” and other propositions and he advocated seeking truth from daily life. Wang Gen had more than 487 disciples and second generation of disciples, including senior and mid-level officials and common folks throughout more than 10 provinces of the country. Chongru Shrine under well preservation is exactly the special ancestral hall for worshiping and memorizing Wang Gen.

It is well known that Taizhou people love operas. A good opera requires good roles for sure. Operate culture of a city naturally needs to be promoted by celebrities Three names were engraved on the monument of operate culture in Taizhou: Mei Lanfang, Liu Jingting and Kong Shangren. The three men represent the essence of the operate culture in Taizhou.

Mei Lanfang integrated those acting styles of Qingyi, Huadan and Daomadan and created mellow and glamourous way of singing to initiate the distinctive Mei School. In 1956, Mr. Mei returned to his hometown Taizhou to deliver six consecutive performances, which attracted numerous local people.

Liu Jingting was famous for his story-telling. His story-telling made the audience as though they were there after a few ups and downs. Also, with unique style, its story-telling has always been imitated by later generations of story-tellers.

Kong Shangren exerted his utmost effort to write the legend drama The Peach Blossom Fan to “describe the sense of rise and fallby virtue of sentiment of  meeting and parting ”, which was called “the incomparable masterpiece in the history of Chinese opera” by Wang Guowei, master of Chinese culture. After revising The Peach Blossom Fan, modern opera theoretician Wu Mei spoke highly of it, “the opera not only has good poems and verses, even the actions and spoken parts in classical Chinese drama are dual. Everything is wonderful. ”

PlumGarden, Liu Garden (Museum of Chinese Story-telling and Popular Stories), Peach Garden memorizing Mei Lanfang, Liu Jingting and Kong Shangren are separately situated in downtown Taizhou. We still can appreciate the sound and moral integrity of masters in these places over time changes.

泰州历史

As a pearl in Lixiahe Region, Xinghua of Taizhou has a long history, advanced culture and flourishing style of writing, with a galaxy of talents coming out in succession in the field of literature and art who have made outstanding achievements.

Main representative personage of “Eight Eccentrics of Yangzhou” in Qing Dynasty is Zheng Banqiao, local people in Xinghua, who excelled in poetry, calligraphy, painting and seal cutting and was good at drawing orchid, bamboo and stone. His calligraphy had a distinctive style, which was called “Liufenban Style” by himself. He combined clerical script and regular script to make his calligraphy neither in clerical script nor the regular script, neither the ancient nor the modern style, commonly known as “Banqiao Style”. Single word style in his works seemed to be crooked, but felt well-proportioned as a whole and had a unique charm. Someone said such works should be one but cannot be two“”.

Shi Nai’an is the representative of art and literature in Xinghua. He collected and collated stories about Song Jiang and other heroic figures in Water Margin and eventually created Outlaws of the Marsh, one of the “four major classical novels”.

Liu Xizai, a litterateur in Qing Dynasty, was also from Xinghua, with the courtesy name of Bojian and known by the pseudonym of Rongzhai, also known as Wuyazi in his later years. As a Chin-Shih in Daoguang reign, he served as senior secretary of the supervisorate and education commissioner of Guangdong Province. After that, he gave lectures at Longmen Academy in Shanghai for many years. He was a famous literary theorist and linguist in the 19th century in China, known as “Hegel of the East”. As a scholar, Liu Xizai’s academic contributions were related to study of Confucian classics, theory of literature and art, article science and education, and even mathematics and other aspects. His works Summary of Art is an important art criticism works in modern times.

Inheritance of a long history, immersion of traditional culture and edification of social customs make today’s propitious Taizhou In Taizhou, you will be filled with sense of warmth and kindness; into Taizhou, you can be bathed in propitious omen and enjoy good times.

Illumination of Buddha’s Light • A Blessing Land

Song Dynasty was the silver age for Buddhist culture in Taizhou, which was declined in Yuan Dynasty and started its revitalization after Ming and Qing Dynasties, especially in late Qing and early Republic period, Taizhou paid attention to education of student monks and made great efforts to establish Buddhist college, through which it cultivated numerous Buddhist talents. Since then, Taizhou Buddhism received the unprecedentedly grand occasion, and it crossed the Yangtze River and was carried forward overseas. After 1949, a batch of Buddhist masters in Taizhou went to Hong Kong and Taiwan. Most of them were young monks, who were student monks of the Buddhist College. Some settled down in Hong Kong or Taiwan to sermon and promote Buddhism in temples; some headed for Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam to form an important force in the local Buddhist circle, while some went to Philippines, Thailand and the United States to promote Buddhism and build temples. So to speak, the rise of Chinese Buddhism has innumerable links with the Buddhism in Taizhou. “In China, Taizhou dialect can be called ‘mandarin ’ of the Buddhist circle”. “Grand Master Hsing Yun once evaluated the Taizhou dialect especially and inscribed for Taizhou: Illumination of Buddha’s Light • A Propitious Prefecture ”

Nowadays, across the busy Wuyi Road to walk westward, we can see the millennium ancient temple Guangxiao Temple. It has a very important position in the history of Chinese Buddhism, and it also has a great influence on the present Buddhist circle. With regard to Guangxiao Temple with a history of more than 1,600 years, the main temple hall was named after “the great Buddha’s hall”, known as “the most propitious hall”. And this is the only “the most propitious hall” in the country. Surprisingly, the term “the most propitious” quoted from Flower Adornment Sutra feels like customizing for Taizhou, which agrees with Taizhou in every aspect, as if the boundless Buddha dharma with “auspicious” blessings has long been rising above the land.

Similarly, what must not be missed is Nanshan Temple within Fengcheng River Scenic Spot, where enshrines Sakyamuni's Sarira that is rare in the world. Nanshan Temple was built in the third year of Qianfu in the Reign of Emperor Tang Xizong (AD 876). It was built by Chan Master Tie Xinjian, with the title of “Huguo Temple” awarded by the royal court. During the Jiading period of Song Dynasty, the Nanshan Religious Law created by monks of Nanshan Temple was transferred. It especially prevailed for a time during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It was the top governing body for Buddhism in Taizhou at that time and called as the “consecrated temple”. The existing great Buddha’s hall is built in accordance with the form of “Chinese hipped roof”, which is the top form for buildings in ancient China and shares the same form with the Hall of Supreme Harmony of the Forbidden City, enjoying a reputation of “first temple in Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces”. A phoebe-structure main temple hall built in Ming Dynasty is well preserved in Nanshan Temple at present, which still looks amazing.

The old Taizhou City is pure and peaceful in the distant Buddhist melody, neither conceited nor rash and neither assertive nor aggressive, where you can fully understand the essence of happiness.

Inheritance of a long history, immersion of traditional culture and edification of social customs make today’s propitious Taizhou In Taizhou, you will be filled with sense of warmth and kindness; into Taizhou, you can be bathed in propitious omen and enjoy good times.

Simplicity and Kindness • A Charitable City

Taizhou, “not a big city, but full of various earthly happiness”. “Taizhou people are industrious and simple, sincere and kind and philanthropic. So there are a lot of chivalrous deeds done by ordinary people and the city is filled with social positive energy.” In Taizhou, we have the national moral model Zhang Yunquan, “Judge Mama” Chen Yanping, “the most devoted teacher” Yang Xiangming and many other “Good Fellows of Taizhou”. “City of Harmony and Love” has been evolved into the rhythm of the time. There were 42 people on the list of “Chinese Good Fellows” in 2014 alone. In early 2015, Taizhou became one of the national civilized cities.