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Snow Ice Tour

This winter tour to three provinces in northeast China is unique and interesting. Pastures, mountins and trees are covered by snow, a sea of whiteness. Local ice sculptures are another attaction . Skating, skiing, hunting and horse-back riding offer special enjoyment. After a day's activity , free chats with the local people on warm earthen beds help rid travelers of the cold.

Palace Museum

Imperial Palace in Shenyang
The Imperial Palace in Shenyang is the place where Nurhachi - Emperor Tai Zu (1559 - 1629) and his son Emperor Tai Zong (1592 - 16430 once lived. This palace complex covers an area of 60,000 square meters, and has over 90 buildings and over 300 rooms. Construction of the main structure was started in 1625, and completed in 1636. The whole complex consists of three routes: the east, the imperial and the west routes. In the east route, there are the Dazheng Hall, and Shiwang (Ten King) Pavilion. In the imperial route stands the Chongzheng Hall, which passes through Daqing Gate, Qingning Palace and ascends Moon Terrace. In the west route are Wenshou Pavilion. All the buildings were constructed during the reign of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty. The style of the buildings is a combination of the Han and Man designs. The Imperial Palace in Shenyang is one of the two best-preserved palace complexs in China.

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North Tomb

Zhaoling Tombs (Northern Tombs)
Zhaoling Tombs is the mausoleum of Emperor Tai Zong of the Qing Dynasty and his wife Borjijit. It covers an area of 4,500,000 square meters. Combining the architectural styles of Ming and Qing mausoleums, it became the largest and the most beautifully situated among the three mausoleums outside the Great Wall in the Qing Dynasty. As it is situated to the north of Shenyang, it is also known as the Northern Tombs. Following Nurhachi's ambition to unify the northeast, Tai Zong , Nurhachi's son, succeeded in unifying the northeast and established the Qing Empire in 1636. He died in Shenyang in 1643. The construction of Zhaoling Tombs started in 1643 (the eighth year during the reign of Emperor Chong De of the Qing Dynasty) and was expanded during the reign of Emperor Kang Xi and Jia Qing. It is one of the best preserved ancient tombs in China.

Entering Zhenghong Gate of the mausoleum, you see a spirit way with twelve stone animals arranged symmetrically on both sides: lions, Chinese unicorns, supernatural sheep, camels, horses, and elephants. Fangzheng and Baocheng, the main parts of the mausoleum, are structures basically similar to those at Fuling Tombs. Iron bells under the eaves tinkle in the wind in Fangcheng and wormwood sways on Baoding.

Behind Baoding is man-made Lonye Hill luxuriant ancient pines. It is now open to the public and called Beiling Park.

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Taoshan Hunting Preserve

Hunting Ground at Taoshan Mountain
Taoshan Mountain Hunting Ground, situated in Taoshan Village of Lieli County of Heilongjiang Province, is 400 meters above sea level. The highest peak is 1,400 meters. The average temperature is 1.10 C . From late October to April every year, the hunting ground is open to tourists. This ground covers an area of 21,000 hectares of hunting field and an area of 200,000 hectares of wild animal protection zone. This area is a natural home for various kinds of wild animals, such as dear, bears, lynxes and otters. Here, there are hotels and sheds for hunters. Since the opening of the hunting ground in 1984, tourists from different countries have been here, hunting and sight seeing. The hunting ground provides such services as interpretation, guide tour, vehicles, horses, guns, hunting dogs, processing of preys, and cargo transportation

Zhaoling Tombs is the mausoleum of Emperor Tai Zong of the Qing Dynasty and his wife Borjijit. It covers an area of 4,500,000 square meters. Combining the architectural styles of Ming and Qing mausoleums, it became the largest and the most beautifully situated among the three mausoleums outside the Great Wall in the Qing Dynasty. As it is situated to the north of Shenyang, it is also known as the Northern Tombs. Following Nurhachi's ambition to unify the northeast, Tai Zong , Nurhachi's son, succeeded in unifying the northeast and established the Qing Empire in 1636. He died in Shenyang in 1643. The construction of Zhaoling Tombs started in 1643 (the eighth year during the reign of Emperor Chong De of the Qing Dynasty) and was expanded during the reign of Emperor Kang Xi and Jia Qing. It is one of the best preserved ancient tombs in China.

Entering Zhenghong Gate of the mausoleum, you see a spirit way with twelve stone animals arranged symmetrically on both sides: lions, Chinese unicorns, supernatural sheep, camels, horses, and elephants. Fangzheng and Baocheng, the main parts of the mausoleum, are structures basically similar to those at Fuling Tombs. Iron bells under the eaves tinkle in the wind in Fangcheng and wormwood sways on Baoding.

Behind Baoding is man-made Lonye Hill luxuriant ancient pines. It is now open to the public and called Beiling Park.

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Aerolites Museum

Aerolites Museum in Jilin City
The Aerolite Museum is located in Jilin Museum. On March 8, 1976 a heavy meteorite shower took place in the area of Jilin city. The total weight of the falling stony meteorite was 2,700 kilograms, the biggest weighing 1,770 kg. All these are on display in the Aerolite Museum in Jilin.

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Korean Village

Yanbian Korean Folklore
The Korean people are all good singers and dancers. The art of Korean songs and dances has a long tradition and mass character. Yanbian Korean songs and dances are especially popular. Not only the young people in Yanbian sing and dance well, the elderly and children do well too. On jubilant occasions often a whole family is turned out to dance.

The Koreans love also sports. Grand nationality sports meet is held on big holidays and festivals. Playing on the swing and on the springboard and westling are the most popular sports items. Playing on the swing is a tradition of the Koreen women . Tourists will see them swing at the entrance of their villages of on the threshing grounds, their colorful gowns flapping like beautiful butterflies.

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