In Jiangsu Province and with
a total population of 390,000, the city Zhenjiang
is situated at the southern bank of the lower
reaches of the Yangtze River.
Zhenjiang has a long-standing
history and culture as well as rich tourism resources.
Many legendary and historical stories related
to the landscape in Zhenjiang have added mysterious
luster to this ancient city. Here the rivers and
mountains are most gorgeous, with numerous scenic
spots and historical sites as well as rich collections
of cultural relics. It is noted for its picturesque
and magnificent scenery. The hilly scenery in
Zhenjiang's southern suburb is considered beautiful
enough to be the theme of many landscapes by Chinese
painters and won the fame of "City Mountain
The three mountains
of Jin, Jiao and Beigu on both sides of the Yangtze River are especially well
known, and they were once reputed as "the Foremost Landscape under Heaven".
The most famous scenic spot is Jinshan Temple which was built against the Jin
Mountain and related with the classic Chinese legend "The Anecdote of the
White Snake". Another legendary temple, the Ganlu Temple, was erected on
the Beigu Mountain and the place where the emperor Liu Bei's matrimonial ceremony
took place in the Three Kingdoms Period. Jiao Mountain, covered with greenery,
is like a piece of floating jade in the middle of the Yangtze River. It is famous
for the thousand-year-old Dinghui Temple and more than 400 stone tablets from
the past dynasties. Besides these mountains, Mount Maoshan and Mount Baohuashan
is the place of origin of the Chinese Taoism and a Holy Land of Buddhism respectively.