4.3b Tourism, Sightseeing, Scenic Spots
View to Dangjia Village，Part of Hancheng
See here assorted Scenic Spotsin Weinan Region
Note:Spots mentioned according to their location from North to South, thereafter, for every level, from East to West (general principle)
DangjiaVillageis an extraordinary, traditional settlement in the north of China, and often praised as the rarity of traditional Chinese construction art. Its name was derived from the surnames of the original residents Dang and Jia. The village was constructedin a natural ground depression, which could hardly be discovered by people not knowing the region. Over the time it became a secure refuge for “Qin entrepreneurs”, who had to travel through the country for business, while their families had to be left back at this shelter. As these entrepreneurs were successful, also financially, esp. during Ming and Qing Dynasties, they had their “house yards” gradually constructed preciously in in the styles of these dynasties.
The village is well worth to be visited.
Si Ma-qian (145 or 135 BC – 86 BC, hence, during Western Han Dynasty) was the first historian ofChina. HisTomb was built in 310 A.D. during Western Jin Dynasty (265-420 A.D), It was placed the cliff of Hanyipo, Zhichuan village inHanchengCity. Surrounded by the nature’s splendour expressed by mountains and theYellow River, this place silhouetted the noble personality and the great performance of Sima Qian.
Well worth to be visited, also to enjoy the nature’s splendour.
Dragon Gate scenic area is located in the Qinjin Valley, where cliffs tower side by side.
Myth has it that this valley can be strided only by a dragon and it was therefore called the Dragon Gate.
A grandiose and impressive river strait, worth to be seen
Great Wall of Northern Wei
The great wall extends from Huayin City, via Dali County to HanchengCity, hence,. from Huashan Mountainin in the South to its end in Chengnan Village of Hancheng City.
This wall is the product of warfare. It is the valued evidence for research on the politics, economy, and culture during the reign of the Northern Wei Rulers (386-535 AD), which turned out to be an important period of northern China’s history
The hot spring pool, is located at the brink of the Wetlands abutting on the Yellow River.
Here, clear water bubbles up from bottom of the pool the with mildly warm temperatures.
The surroundings have so far been slightly developed. This appears to be an advantage, as it leaves a genuine impression of the nature around the Yellow River.
The “Virgin Spring” Pool, was discovered following one of the changes of course by the Yellow River. Its name was affiliated to an ancient legend of Qiachuan being. the hometown of King Wen’s mother, Tairen (Western Zhou Dynasty 1046- 771 B.C.),. A beauty, called Taisi, was found bathing in the hot spring pool, All conjunctures attracted King Wen. He married her as his concubine. Later, Qiachuan developed the observance that all girls. who were about to becoming married, had to take a bath in the pool, as this was supposed to bring luck to their new wedlock life.
The place is worthwhile to be visited, as it imparts the impression of a vast and splendid nature along the banks of the Yellow River
(National water park)
The scenic spot of “Yellow River Soul National Water” is located at the northern end of Qiachuan scenic spot with a total area of 12 km². Being famous for the strong contrast and complementation between the powerful and firm water culture and the quiet and tender “Virgin Spring”, it has so far been welcomed by tourists being regularly quite surprised by this phenomenon of nature. It is indeed an outstanding tourism spot at this part of the River, even an emerging tourist favourite.
Located in West of Baishui County, the lake’s surface covers around 133 hectares. The southern banks of Lingao Lake are part of Tongchuan City. It offers many tourist amenities, such as river jets, water planes; etc, next to several types of boats. In 2009 the Lake was evaluated as a China AA--Level scenic spot.
The Templeis located in the Shiguan village, northeast of Baishu;, it was established to commemorate Cangjie (a figure being a part of folk tales and myths, with “two pupils and four eyes”, the ancestor of Chinese characters).
The scenic area being a park in an elevated position above the Shaanxi banks of Yellow River, which offers a broad view with majestic and unique characteristics onto the Ganzhong Valley landscape and on the Yellow River at its large bent towards the East. Also the impressive confluence of Luo River with Wei River, and, thereafter, that of Wei River with the Yellow River may be marvelled at this outlook platform. The impressions are particularly evocative near to sunset over this vast river landscape, with the view to the bustling Expressway Xi’an-Zhengzhou, along the Yellow River, the railway lines, also the railway bridge connecting Shaanxi and Shanxi Provinces, the unique river islet harbouring aquatic plants and reeds in summer, droves of aquatic birds in winter. All of these impressions will leave an enthralling and lasting stamp of this spot.
Wheat straw patchwork handicraft
Wheat straw patchwork handicraft, which is processed by a unique “wheat-sheet” and thin “foetus wheat straw” from the central Shaanxi Plain, is a superior-quality craft. It is a unique one of high taste and art. To embellish your life, you may not only hang it up in your valued hall or attic, but also show it in your office. Moreover, you may add it to your family collection, This type of environmentally “pure-green” and protected handicraft was taken from nature and prepared for relaxation, elegance, grandeur and plainness to you. Therefore , it has been honoured as a bright pearl of Chinese traditional culture and art.
LuyangLakeis located in the Southwest of Pucheng County, and belongs to the typical lake- wetland being a combination of natural and artificial wetland
The “Fule International Ceramic Museums of Modern Art” are part of thePotteryArtVillage. This entity of art is located inQiaoshan RoadofFupingCounty. The ensemble constitutes the only museum, nationwide, for contemporary ceramics. It is also unique in its appearance.
The entire landscape of museums is edged and permeated by about hundred hectares of orchards, thus maintaining the characteristics of constructions close to theShaanxifarmlands and to nature. With a floor space of 806 hectares, as well as with 20,000 m² of covered halls, which were conceived as raw “brick temples” (Dome Halls=or as “brick tunnels’
These halls showcase more than 10,000 pieces of modern art: sculptures, pictures, objects of art conceived, moulded , to a large extent from ceramic clays, done by more than 500 Chinese and foreign artists from over 50 countries worldwide, who spent here a couple of months in a sort of voluntary seclusion, to spar – everyone with his/her own cultural backdrop and inherited way of thinking – with the towering presence of the old Chinese culture. And results are – more often than not - impressive, agitating, phantastic!
The halls were jointly conceived by the “Futo Group” cum “Beijing Letao”, and sponsored by the nations –or groups of nations - the artists originate from: The Us-hall being the most important one in size, the British hall hosting also some other European artists, the hall for the Nordic European Artists, the Hall for Chinese Artists, the Australasian Hall, the French hall.
For all deliberate roughness and rural approach of the immediate environment of this construction, the visit to Fule is a categorical MUST; for Chinese, to experience the sparring with feelings and mentalities, expressed in art objects; a MUST also for educated foreigners, to spar with a mature, though endemically developed culture, with results of such contention expressed in the shape of clay.
FLICAM, the Art promoting Host-Group, aims at promoting the development and exchange of contemporary ceramics, in host group or solo exhibitions, and collects/ exhibits top level ceramic works permanently.
Situated between Wei and Luo River. Size: 250 km².
Formation of Shayuan’s semi-desert area has not yet been explained geologically. Reports say that it was covered by water in prehistoric times, hence, a sort of former “Water World”. But there are many other folk tales about the formation of Shayuan. In spite of scientific discussions about the formation of this location, it is an attractive place to travel to and to watch, among others, cross-motoring races being organized there frequently on the dunes.
The Best Granary
（Feng Tu Yi Cang）
Located in Chaoyi village, i. e. in the east of Dali County, the Granary was built in Qing Dynasty (1882), proposed by Yan Jingming (an east court scholar). It took four years to complete the Granary.
Later, it was denoted as “the Best Granary” by Empress Dowager Cixi
Hua Mountain: one of the five sacred Mountains of Daoism, located right at the northern rim of Qin Mountain Range, is showing its face with its rugged escarpments, visible from afar, towards Guanzhong Plain and towards Weinan.
The Mountain is composed of five peeks, the highest of which has an altitude of 2,155 m., whereby all of them offer, with clear weather, fabulous views either towards Guanzhung Plain or towards the massive, jagged mountain world with its typical Chinese mountain pines. Such environment and print keeps attracting throngs of visitors throughout the year, also under precarious winter conditions.
Dao Temples, Monasteries, hermitages and pavilions are spread over the entire mountain.
With a derivation that can be traced back 0.12 billion years, the granitic Hua Mountain or Huashan Mountain Range, located 120 km from Xi’an City of Shaanxi Province, is among the “Five Famous Mountains of China” together with Tai Mountain Shandong Province, Song Mountain in Henan Province, Hengshan Mountain in Shanxi and Heng Mountain in Hunan Province.
Huashan Mountain’five peaks are, the eastern “Sunrise Peak”, the southern “Wild Goose Peak”, the western “Lotus Peak”, the northern “Cloud Deck Peak” and the central Yunu Peak”.
The weather on the mountain is so vicissitudinous that it seems being a wonderland with diverse beautiful sceneries of Cloud Sea, misty rain, fine spray, and snow.
Start from theShaohuaPeakin the west, and end at thePanlongMountainin the east, the Shaohua Mount.Forest parkhas the profound historic foundation, and it is the major Buddhist holy land inChina.
International Shadow Puppet culture ecological garden.
Referring to the carving skill of Chinese shadow puppet craftsmen-artists, Huazhou shadow puppet is the most typical for its utmost exquisiteness and exemplary nature. Its skill is complicated and precise. There are twenty-four procedures, counting from the material-selecting, and puppet-forming, to puppet-playing. The basic ten procedures are: ox leather-selecting, ox leather-making, drawing on paper, drawing on leather, pressing into a flat, carving, colouring, ironing, parts-connecting and getting into a shape and stick-installing.
Quite righteously, therefore, this exquisite handicraft-art belongs to the collection of cultural heritage items of China. May it be preserved!
Imperial Hot Spring
The hot spring installation, built in a Japanese style, was opened in 2007. It is located near to the foot of Hua Mountain’s northern precipices. This mainly open-air facility offers a multitude of different pools with different temperatures being, each one, enriched by a variety of herbs to enhance wellness. The hot spring is, otherwise, a combination of health care, relaxation, vacation, after business or for entertainment, especially during weekends.