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Chinese Name:  绍兴 (shào xīng)

Location: Lying to the south of the Yangtze Delta and in the north of the centrally located Zhejiang Province, Shaoxing, like a pearl with simple but elegant light, stands in the line between Hangzhou and Ningbo.

Population: 4,340,000
Area:  8,256 square kilometers (3,188 square miles)
Nationalities: Han
City Flower: Orchid

Administrative Division: 3 districts (Yuecheng, Keqiao, Shangyu); 1 county (Xinchang); 2 county-level cities (Shengzhou, Zhuji)

With a history of thousands of years, the region is renowned for the abundant tourism resources including cultural relics like the Yu the Great Mausoleum and many residences of famous figures in Chinese history. In fact, Shaoxing is recognized as one of the Famous Historical and Cultural Cities in the country. Moreover, as a city to the south of the Yangtze Delta, the natural scenery here is totally charming and varied with an intriguing landscape of numerous green hills and clean waters. Shaoxing is also known variously as the 'City of Waters,' 'City of Bridges,' 'City of Calligraphy,' 'City of Tea,' and 'City of Scholars.' It gives off an image of an elegant and peaceful locale with deep cultural connotations, south of the Yangtze River. 

Luxun Former Residence, Shaoxing
Lu Xun Former Residence
Shaoxing Old Town, Zhejiang
Shaoxing Old Town, Zhejiang

Until nowadays, this city doesn’t have its own airport. Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH) is the nearest one. The distance is about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles). Upon landing, passengers can take the convenience shuttle buses to Shaoxing directly. Also there are two railway stations in the city: Shaoxing Railway Station and North Railway Station. And train routes in the city extend to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Xi'an. Tourists can also take a train to Zhuji Railway Station from Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Ningbo. The city is equipped with well-developed road system that highways extend in all directions. In addition, city-bus and taxi are favorable ways to tour around downtown area.  
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Shaoxing Travel Tips

 Features: Although the city appears quite simple and peaceful, the economy here has been developing rapidly, especially with regards to the textile industry. Thanks to the advanced silkworm rearing over thousands of years, silk products here are famous all over the country for their high quality as well as a large quantity. Every year, there are various textile exhibitions and fairs featuring silk goods production. The China Light & Textile Industrial City in Keqiao Town here is one of the largest professional marketers of light and textile products and the largest marketers of cloth in Asia.

 History: It is one of the famous historical cities in China. Numerous accomplished scholars or figures were born or lived here such as Yu the Great in the far ancient China and the famous writer Lu Xun in modern times. This city thus boasts the title of 'City of Personages.' It was also the seat of the ancient Yue Kingdom during the Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC-476 BC) and quite prosperous during that time. Owing to its long history, this old city reveals less vanity and tinsel than some modern metropolis. What's commonly seen and felt here is a kind of leisurely and peaceful ambience.

 Local Highlights: A local highlight is surely the delicacies here. As an important branch of Zhejiang Cuisine, Shaoxing dishes are famous for their rural style in ingredients, such as duck fed with vinasse-the sweet residue of the distillery process- and the pollution-free local chickens. Owing to this raw material, the local dishes serve up a fresh taste teeming with nutrition.
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Hiking Tour: Information about hiking in Shaoxing for your reference.
- Last modified on Sep. 18, 2019 -
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