Taizhou (泰州), in central Jiangsu Province, is a notable Chinese historical and cultural town with a history stretching back more than 2100 years. Innumerable cultural relics can be seen here, including ruins of the Longshan (龙山) Culture dating back more than 4000 years, ancient cultural relics from the late Neolithic period to the Shang and Zhou Dynasties, and the remains of the old salt-moving canals dug in the early Western Han period. Taizhou is also a city with a glorious tradition of revolutionary struggles.
Located in the northeastern outskirts of Taizhou City, the Qin Lake National Wetland Park contains a large lake and is traversed by a river, with reeds and other water plants covering the Park. You can take a walk on the boardwalk or a boat ride along the winding river. You can enjoy the loveliest wetland scenery as the sun sets in the west. In the park you can even see animals like the semi-aquatic Père David's deer (milu) and waterfowl. According to ancient legend, this area is the ancient homeland of the Père David's deer.
Lizhong Water Forest Park is a man-made ecological forest where various trees adapted to living in water, such as the pond cypress and dawn redwood, are planted. Economic products like taro and rapeseed are grown among the trees. The more than 10,000 pond cypresses, dawn redwoods, and other trees planted here have already matured into a dense, vigorous, garden on the water. Hop a wooden raft to shuttle through the waterways and view the many trees growing up out of the water. It is an eyeful of green, this natural oxygen bar, and a great place for city dwellers to get back to nature.
According to legend, the Qianduo Scenic Area represents the mysterious and powerful military formation created by General Yue Fei in the 12th century. Here, farmers’ fields of all different sizes rise up out of the wetland, disconnected from each other. Crisscrossed and surrounded by waterways, they are unreachable except by boat. Each separate field is like an island floating on the surface of the water. Every year around the time of the Qingming Festival (early April), the canola flowers bloom. The “golden islands” create a stunning sight with their explosions of yellow under the blue sky, outlined and crossed through by the clear, blue water.
Qintong Ancient Town is famous in China’s history and culture. The town is situated in a pleasing environment surrounded by water. You can visit one of Qintong’s great sights by visiting a camellia garden: some of the country’s rare ancient camellia trees, with their flowers reflected in the clear water. Each year the Qintong Boat Festival is held here during the Qingming Festival. During the festival, punts, rowboats, and decorative boats stretch across 100 square kilometers, and thousands of tourists gather to witness the spectacle.