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Retrace History and Tradition in Original Garden City of Tongliang

By JAMES ALEXANDERICHONGQING|Oct 09,2020

Chongqing- Tongliang has a land area of 1,340 square kilometers rich in unique cultural tourism resources. The natural scenery, culture, and history are preserved in their original state, allowing visitors to experience an authentic tour among pastures that still tell their legend stories.

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A picturesque corner of Anju Ancient Town by the Fu River.

Anju Ancient Town displays the original way of life in days bygone, while majestic Bayue Mountain and Xuantian Lake exhibit the awe of time and nature. Nature and humanities in Tongliang are living testimony of the connection between people and the lands they inhabit.

A city is like a book telling the annals of history. In Tongliang, you can step back over 2300 years into the glorious past and relive the former ways of life back in distant ages.

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The memorial hall of revolutionary martyr Qiu Shaoyun.

The earliest record of Tongliang in history books was in the Spring and Autumn Period and Warring States Period. In 329 BC, the King Wei of Chu destroyed the state of Ba and named his concubine son as marquis south of the Pujiang River. This marked the historical beginnings of Tongliang.

Tongliang is home to the eighth stone age cultural site discovered in China, which dates back more than 20,000 years, and one of the oldest in the Sichuan Basin. The Chinese Academy of Sciences officially refers to the site in the term Tongliang Culture.

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The Bougainvillea Base in the western green corridor of Tongliang.

The Ministry of Culture has designated Tongliang as the Hometown of Chinese Folk Culture and Art. For example, the Tongliang Dragon Dance, which enjoys renown both at home and abroad, originated from this district of Chongqing.

Anju is an ancient town that lives in the present. Since its establishment in the Sui Dynasty, the history of Anju spans over 1,400 years. Inside, there are still numerous city walls courtyards, ancestral guilds, palaces, and temples that have survived to this day, and make up the Nine Palaces and Eighteen Temples renowned within Sichuan Chongqing.

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A stretch of Xuantian Lake on Bayue Mountain.

Among the prodigal sons of Anju are famous literati, generals, heroes, and imperial academicians from the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Huguang Guild Hall of Anju Ancient Town has been well preserved to learn about dragon traditions, Bayu Country, migration history, the spirit of resistance, and religious culture.

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Long Hot Springs in Tongliang.

Inside, there are unique folk cultural activities such as temple fairs and Sichuanese opera that tell millennia of history and tradition.

Tongliang Museum is located by the Bachuan River and is home to a unique collection of cultural relics that reflect the district’s profound history, geography, and culture. Displays include the Tongliang Ming Tombs that feature ceremonial stone warriors commonly known as the Little Terracotta Army and the world-renowned bronze dragon lanterns.

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The renowned fire dragon dance of Tongliang.

For thousands of years, dragon culture has gone beyond dance and lanterns. The dragon spirit is deeply rooted in Tongliang people’s character, who have nurtured the positive traits of reliability, toughness, grind, and tolerance.

Outstanding figures include the martyred hero Qiu Shaoyun, who once stated that discipline is more important than life. Further renowned individuals are the patriotic musician Liu Xue’an the legendary general Guo Rugui, and the nationally exemplified moral characters of Chen Shuyun and his wife. They are classic symbols that have shone through history for their sublime deeds in life.

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The Qicai Dream Gardens bloom with color all year round.

Tongliang is a garden city where natural ecology plays an integral role in tourism, and green development has taken precedent. The city roads are lined with arboreal beauty, and agricultural pastures have become scenic attractions. The idyllic environment for industry and life was formed amid the backdrop of rural revitalization.

Huayu Valley is located in the western suburbs of Tongliang, where there are 60 kilometers of verdant roads linking the many scenic spots of Heheyuan Township, Rose Island, Color Forest, Qicai Dream Garden, and the Western Osmanthus Flower Base.

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The meeting hall of Hedong Village is set amidst the idyllic Tongliang countryside.

The Qicai Dream Garden brims with flowers and remains green all year round. There are performance squares for cultural activities, Huangjuemen is a town styled on Bayu characteristics, the Four Seasons Orchard has a fruit and vegetable picking area for leisure tourism, and the Forest Vacation Resort offers clean air full of negative oxygen ions.

There are over a dozen villages that have been revitalized on a variety of themes, including the golden autumn scent of osmanthus in Hedong, the roses of Xilai, the nostalgia of Heshui, and the dreamlike water features of Liuying Village, where uniquely styled homestays entice visitors to stay in the idyllic country settings to admire night skies, listen to the pitter-patter of rain, and savor the flavors of tea.

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Tongliang bookmarks take inspiration from the Plaque Museum and are packaged in beechwood as culturally innovative products.

Development in Tongliang has insisted on preserving natural endowment in the construction of a high-quality development pioneer zone, which is strategically located in the Chengdu-Chongqing Twin City Economic Circle as the back garden to an international metropolis.

Tongliang is home to the most picturesque marathon track built amidst natural settings, the fashionable Longcheng Paradise Walk with a dazzling array of night lights, and Central Park’s pristine environment designed for leisure and fitness.

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Wormwood extract is a famous product of Tongliang listed among the top 100 iconic agricultural brands of China.

In the country, explore the terraced fields and pastoral breeze in the parks of Wangshan and Jianshui, followed by a visit to the Xuantian Xiushui Ecological Gallery, where mountains, waters, gardens, springs, forests, and dragon culture are merged.

Wherever you may venture, the authentic rural city of Tongliang awaits you on the doorstep of Chongqing and offers a range of innovative specialty products.

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Jindanzi bonsai trees have a long tradition in Tongliang.

Culturally innovative bookmarks in Tongliang take four classic plaque images from the Inscription Museum for decorative themes, and beechwood is used for the box packaging.  

Tongliang has been produced wormwood since ancient times. The product grows over an extended period of time and exudes a unique mint-like flavor. It is listed among the top 100 iconic brands of Chinese agricultural products.

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Pueraria Powder is a special health product of Tongliang, and make for a unique gift.

Jindanzi Bonsai Garden was created by the artist Zuo Shixin. The works are natural, fresh, and elegant, focusing on the inheritance of classical skills and the integration of modern art.

Tianxing Pueraria ‘kudzu’ powder is extracted from the wild Pueraria lobata root and is unique to the remote hills and mountains of Tianxing Village in tongliang. The product is refined through advanced technology and natural health food with local characteristics that make for perfect gifts.

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Tongliang pickled pepper chicken’s feet are a local specialty crafted from a secret recipe.

Chicken feet cooked with pickled peppers is a traditional Chongqing snack. The recipe in Tongliang uses a secret formula and special techniques to craft this unique delicacy.

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