Qingjiangpu Scenic of Huai’an Li Canal Cultural Corridor is located in Dazhakou Historical and Cultural Area of downtown Huai’an, containing Zhongzhou Island, the channel from the east of Qingjiang Sluice to Yuexiu Bridge and part of the area alongside. It covers an area of 124,400 square meters. This is a comprehensive scenic region with great cultural characteristics of the canal, strong cultural spirit of Huai’an and rich features of ecological gardens. Many tourist spots are distributed here. Qingjiangpu Memory Pavilion, Huai’an Museum of Opera and Theatre, Huai’an Celebrity Hall, the Ancient Pavilion of Qingjiangpu, Chen and Pan’s Memorial Temple, Memorial Temple for Lord Wu, Doulao Palace, Former Residence of Cheng Xinnong, Former Residence of the Three Brothers (Fan Weizeng, Fan Shaozeng and Fan Xizeng) and Qingjiang Sluice are all the main historical and cultural sightseeing spots of the region. It is a tourist resort for leisure and culture experience of canal in Huai’an.
Qingjiangpu Memorial Hall
With a building area of 1,600 square meters, the Qingjiangpu Memorial Hall is mainly characterized by a thread to demonstrate the 600-hundred-year development of Qingjiangpu City since the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and to reproduce its memory. Scene reconstruction and video-visual language are used to trace the development root of the Huai’an City. Through the layout of “city—street—residence”, a fixed city drama is presented to let the tourists experience the yesterday’s prosperity of Qingjiangpu, where in the past the southern boats, the northern horses and the roads leading to nine provinces converged. Thus, the deep cultural heritage of Huai’an as the “Capital of the Grand Canal” can be better manifested.
Huai’an Opera Museum
Huai’an Opera Museum situates on Zhongzhou Island of inner canal, where is the historical and cultural zone of Dazhakou, Qingjiangpu. It, together with the Huai’an Celebrities Hall, the Grant Canal Couplet Hall, the Revered Chen and Pan Temple on the south side of the inner canal, and the former residence of Zhou Xinfang, constitutes Huai’an Canal Museum, which is the most splendid view in the cultural arcade of the inner canal.
With the exhibition area of about 2,700 square meters, Huai’an Opera Museum consists of prelude hall, ancient operas hall, opera knowledge hall, Peking opera hall, Huaihai opera hall, and Huai opera hall. Through spectra vision, waxen image, scene modeling, landscape architecture, dreamy chime-bells, stage reproduction, multi-dimensional holographic digital interactive games, and other forms of composite display, it fully reflects the history of the development and achievements of Huai’an operas, and intensively displays the famous opera artists of Huai’an, such as Wang Yaoqing, the so-called “ almighty hierarch” in Peking opera, Zhou Xinfang, a great artist of Qi school, Song Changrong, a performing artist of Xun school, Gu Guangfa, a performing artist of Huaihai opera, Xiao Wenyan, a performing artist of Huai opera, so on. In addition, there also display the nuo opera, musical pieces, and other non-material cultural heritage scene, which manifest the characteristics of Huai’an as a cultural city and a hometown of operas. The museum has an ancient stage, where often holds cultural and artistic activities, such as drama performances. It has received many national and provincial leaders, and it has become a gathering place for the drama fancier and institutions.
In Huai’an Opera Museum, you will learn more about the traditional culture of Huai’an, and thus you will more like the Chinese operas
Introduction to Huai’an Celebrities Hall
As one of the famous historical and cultural cities, Huai’an locates at the confluence of the Grant Canal and the ancient Huai River, and it geographically situates at the climate boundary between the North China and the South China—Qinling and Huai River Line. Huai’an always boasted its “location in the centre of China” and “the fortress of the water transport”. The great Tang Dynasty poet Bai Juyi highly praised Huai’an as “the primary eparchy of the southeast Huai River”. Thrived by means of the Grant Canal, Huai’an has rich culture about the canal history. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Huai’an became a real capital of the canal, for both the governor of canal transport and the governor of riverway stationed here.
Painted Boat Cruise
The cruise covers over twenty scenic spots including Qingjiangpu Port, Zhongzhou Island, Qingjiang Pulou Tower, Longting Pavilion, Ji’an Fire Station, Yuexiu Bridge, Bating Bridge, Queguan Tax Bureau, Yumatou Port of Ancient Hexia Town, Slate Street, Wensi Temple, former residence of Wu Cheng en, etc. When tourists enjoy beautiful scenery on the banks of the Canal, and its history and culture, they can also have all-round services of tea, performance, KTV, coffee, and delicious food.
Buddhist monk Yulin, who was also called Yang Tongxiu, went to Beijing in 1658 and was named by Emperor Shunzhi in the Qing Dynasty “Dajue” which means great wisdom for his smartness. In 1675 when he was 62 years old, he traveled to the south and passed away in Ciyun Temple in Huai’an. In 1735, Emperor Yongzheng in the Qing Dynasty allocated fund to expand Ciyun Temple which was completed in 1739, and a new Nengren Guoshi pagoda was built in it.