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Xuzhou Introduction

    Suzhou, the north gate of the province, is situated in the furtheset northern part of Anhui. With the Yellow River and Huaihe River Plain to the south, it adjoins to Huai'an, Xuzhou in Jiangsu, Heze in Shandong, Shangqiu in Henan and so o­n. In the Year 809 (Emperor Xian Zong of the Tang Dynasty ) Suzhou became a county. Since then it has successively been the capital of the area. o­n December 6, 1998, the State Council approved the establishment of Suzhou under the Provincial jurisdiction. In May 1999 it became a city consisting of Dangshan County, Xiaoxian County, Lingbi county, Sixian county, and Yongqiao District. It has jurisdiction over 110 townships with a total area of 9786 km2, the arable land area of 773 million mu and the total population of 6.0452 million.  
     Suzhou City is rich in mineral resources, in addition to the existing 28 kinds, the identified reserves of 18 kinds, including coal, dolomite, marble, refractory clay Habitat all top the other areas in the province. Limestone is abundant in wide distributions. Coal is of many categories and fine texture, with the proven reserves of 2.68 billion tons, making up 10% of the provincial total. The coal areas, including Yongqiao District, Xiaoxian County, and Dangshan County, take up o­ne fifth of the city's total. CBM proven reserves is of 315.9 billion cubic meters, distributed in the southern Yongqiao District and the western Xiaoxian County. The kaolin of superior quality and iron are located in Xiaoxian county. 20 varieties of marble are found in Lingbi county and Yongqiao. Dolimite in Yongqiao is of good quality, some of superior quality. The amount of quartzite is estimated 100 million tons, distributed in Sixian county -- the o­nly o­ne mineral site in Huaihai Economic Zone. The rocks located in Lingbi, Yongqiao and Sixian county are of international reputation.

Xuzhou Traffic

Highways: Suzhou City has 12,226 km length of roads, including two Mainstay National Highway (118 km, Huogao Highway and Hefei-Xuzhou Highway), 4 National Highways (266 km), 9 provincial roads (525 km), 60 county roads (1703 km), and 9614 km of rural roads. All the townships and villages are linked by roads. As to highway transportation, the city has 14,431 vehicles operating (1,611 buses, 11,522 trucks, and 1298 Taxis).
Railways: the Beijing-Shanghai Railway and the Longhai Railway go across the whole area of the city (117.5 km), with 15 stations in Suzhou.
Navigation: Suzhou City has six fairways, more than 167 km in mileage. The navigable mileage of Huihe River, Xinbian River, and other six rivers is 143 km with 9 existing ports, and 24 100-tonnage berths, and an annual throughput of 1.06 million tons.
Aviation: Suzhou City is o­nly 80 km from Guanyin International Airport in Xuzhou.

Xuzhou Festivals

      The Spring Festival is the most important festival for the Chinese people and is when all family members get together, just like Christmas in the West. All people living away from home go back, becoming the busiest time for transportation systems of about half a month from the Spring Festival. Airports, railway stations and long-distance bus stations are crowded with home returnees.
The Spring Festival falls o-n the 1st day of the 1st lunar month, often o-ne month later than the Gregorian calendar. It originated in the Shang Dynasty (c. 1600 BC-c. 1100 BC) from the people's sacrifice to gods and ancestors at the end of an old year and the beginning of a new o-ne.
Strictly speaking, the Spring Festival starts every year in the early days of the 12th lunar month and will last till the mid 1st lunar month of the next year. Of them, the most important days are Spring Festival Eve and the first three days. The Chinese government now stipulates people have seven days off for the Chinese Lunar New Year.

      The Festival of Lanterns takes place at the end of the Chinese New Year Celebration, o-n the fifteenth day of the first moon.  Lanterns have been part of Chinese life for centuries so it's not surprising to see a festival of lanterns.   People usually hang lanterns in the gardens, outside the houses, and o-n the boats.  These lanterns are signposts to guide guests and spirits of ancestors to the Lunar celebration.  After a sumptuous fifteen-day feast, these lanterns light the way for the spirits back to the world beyond.
Silk, paper and plastic lanterns vary in shape and size and are usually multi-colored. Some are in the shapes of butterflies, birds, flowers, and boats.  Other are shaped like dragon, fruit and animal symbols of that year.  The most popular type of lantern is the "horse-racing" o-ne, in which figures or animals rotate around the vertical axis of the lantern.
The special food for the Lantern Festival is Yuen Sin or Tong Yuen.  These are round dumplings made with sticky rice flour.  They can be filled and served as a sweet snack or made plain and cooked in a soup with vegetables, meat and dried shrimp.  The round shape of the dumpling is a symbol of wholeness, completeness and unity.
The Lantern Festival is an occasion for families to get together and for everyone--young, old, rich and poor to have fun.

Xuzhou Service Telephones

Huangshan Municipal Travel Bureau: 0559-2514091
Huangshan  Tourism Quality Supervision: 0559-2517464
She County Travel Bureau: 0559-6512663
Xiuning County Travel Bureau: 0559-7560038
Huizhou District Travel Bureau: 0559-3511670
Huanghan District Travel Bureau: 0559-8532445
Yixian County Travel Bureau: 0559-5522297
Tunxi District Travel Bureau: 0559-2512449
Qimen County Travel Bureau: 0559-4512326

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