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/ Life/ TravelHuaian: a fine place for heroesUpdated: 2011-02-16 14:04( cultural-china.com)Comments() Print Mail Large Medium  SmallSometimes, when I tell people where I am from, they are perplexed. But when I explain that I come from the same place as the late Premier Zhou Enlai, most people know what I am talking about.A statue of Premier Zhou Enlai in the memorial hall.I was born and raised in Huaian, hometown of our beloved founding premier of the Peoples Republic of China. Located in the hinterlands of north Jiangsu province, Huaian is a peaceful city nurtured by the Grand Canal, Huaihe River and Hongze Lake. These waters have likely helped cultivate great people like Zhou, whose name, photos, and statues can be found everywhere in the city. His former residence, his relics exhibition hall and memorial hall are popular tourist sites.Wu Chengens former residenceHuaian is also the cradle of many other significant historical figures, such as Han Xin, a great military leader from the Western Han (206 BC-AD 24); Wu Chengen, author of the Chinese classic Journey to the West, and Peking Opera master Zhou Xinfang.While Huaian may appear to be solemn, on account of its great men, the city is essentially a place of relaxation and ease.Cherry BlossomTo recommend some places to have fun, my first choice is always the park on Cherry Blossom Island. When I was in primary school, I often went to Cherry Blossom Island with my little buddies. The labyrinthine woods gave us a perfect spot to play hide-and-seek, and we used to camp and play games near the cherry trees. The gigantic rockery, refined sculptures of animals, and of course, dazzling cherry blossoms, brought me great pleasure at that time.Today, Cherry Blossom Island is still a popular hangout for youngsters, and almost every primary school in Huaian will organize a spring outing to the park.The colorful night scene of Bochi (Bowl Pool) Hill ParkPrevious Page1 2 Next PagePrevious Page1 2 Next Page8.03K ArtFoodHeritageRock with a dongbei toneFrance firstMighty melodyMusicians to record hundreds of Western classicsCat-themed coffee bar opens in HarbinStunning chocolate Chinese chessSanta Adelaida coffee beansBritish young mans vendor life in BeijingTianhou Temple in N Chinas Tianjin completes repair workExhibition of ancient Chinese architectural woodcarving components kicks off in JinanChinas Baoan ethnic group famous for broadsword forging techniqueRenowned sculptors works in Jingdezhen Editors PicksFunny businessA true picture of turning Lius fantastic fiction into Fengs film Darkness bright sideEat, pray, massagePhotoRegional branch of Louvre Museum opens in FranceBeautiful scenery of Qinghai Lake Cultural festival of light and water in NetherlandsScenery of rime in NE Chinas Jilin city Artist Pan Lushengs solo art exhibition held in Shandong MuseumScenery of Taihang Mountains icefall Most Viewed Life NewsTop Life News NewsPicture books are attracting grown-upsSales that speak volumesDont ask if Im good, and its none of your businessHunter to friendFollowing in the rangers footstepsVideo games enter home of Van Gogh, DaliTaking care of businessHot TopicsPhotos that capture the beauty of China….VideoSlidePodcastPicturesMothers wishes: Episode 2Answer to the end of the worldSlide: Santa Speedo Run in BostonSlide: Mans best friend
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