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Yue kiln celadon, the most famous celadon kiln system in ancient China, is also the originator of Chinese porcelain. Since the Eastern Han Dynasty created the two Jins, the Southern and Northern Dynasties, the Sui, Tang and Five Dynasties, the Song Dynasty has not been interrupted for thousands of years, and gradually became famous in the southern region of the Yangtze River, thriving. In the "Nanqing and Beibai" which was famous nationwide in the porcelain industry, Nanqing refers to Yue kiln celadon. The Yue Kiln Celadon Museum in Dongshan Daguan integrates punching and research.
Located in Shangpu Town, Shangyu City, Dongshan Guoqing Temple has a long history, even earlier than the other famous ancient temple also named Guoqing at Tiantai. It is said that the chief monk of Tiantai Guoqing Temple originally came from Dongshan Guoqing Temple. Dongshan Guoqing Temple was favored by the whole family of the ancient politician Xie An, whose grandfather made a donation to repair the old structure. There is another episode - after Xie An left Dongshan, he transformed his house into a temple, which shows his deep affection to Buddhism.
Taifu Ci House is located behind Guoqing Temple and on the east side of Taifu's tomb. Taifu refers to a respected official while Ci represents a "spiritual house" for family ancestors. It is said that Taifu Ci Hall had been associated with a number of influential officials throughout the history and was rebuilt by donations from the family of Xie An, who was also a well-known official during the Qianlong period of the Qing Dynasty.
Hotel - Guoqing Temple / Taifu Ci House
Distance 5.4 kilometers
Time 10 minutes by car
Phoenix Mountain Kiln Site Archaeological Site Park is located at the foot of Phoenix Mountain in Shangpu Town. It is the first celadon-themed archaeological site park in Shaoxing. It exhibits the remains of important archaeological excavations of the early Yue kilns in Shangyu. Among them, the Phoenix Mountain Kiln Site Group is protected as a national key cultural relics while the Jinshan Kiln Site was awarded China’s Ten New Archaeological Discoveries 2014, worthwhile for research, education and heritage protection.
Hotel - Town of Porcelain Culture - Phoenix Mountain Kiln Site Archaeological Site Park
Distance 8.5 kilometers
Time 15 minutes by car
Zhujiazhuang is a leisure and cultural tourist spot most commonly known as the hometown of Zhu Yingtai, the heroine in the Chinese classic, which is often referred as an oriental version of "Romeo and Juliet". Besides the beautiful sceneries of mountains and rivers, tourists may visit Yaoshi Temple to witness a famous the drum which is said to be the first drum in Zhejiang Province.
The origin story of Yaoshi Temple goes like this. Master Chaochen dreamed of the Medicine Buddha one night. In the dream, he prayed for the good of the people. When he woke up, he saw a huge reclining Buddha next to him, which in the next second turned into a mountain. Master Chaochen then decided to first build a thatched hut on a field of 5 acres then later renovated into a temple and named it after Yaoshi Medicine Buddha.
Hotel - Zhujiazhuang / Yaoshi Temple
Distance 14 kilometers
Time 25 minutes by car
Shijing Reservoir is a rather small reservoir surrounded by mountains where the original ecosystem is fully protected. The water sources are the mountain springs and streams, unbelievably clear and blue. It is worthwhile to spend an afternoon to ponder upon the calm water surface surrounded by Cedar trees.
Hotel - Shijing Reservoir
Distance 12 kilometers
Time 20 minutes by car
The Meiwuling Ancient Road starts from Meiwu Village in Shangpu Town and ends at Changtang Village in Changtang Town, with a total length of about 5 kilometers. Once an ancient path for transporting goods and people, now it has become a breathtaking trekking route with a number of pavilions and viewing spots. The path also shows along other historic trails, rivers and peaceful village sceneries.
Hotel - Meiwu Village
Distance 6.5 kilometers
Driving 12 minutes by car
Fuzhi Mountain Scenic Area is located at the foot of Fuzhi Mountain in the southern Lingnan area of Shangyu, which is the first peak in Shangyu. The magnificent stone wave group baptized by nature is the relic of Quaternary glacier. At the same time, the unique terraced landscape, the original natural village, elegant and quiet, fresh air, pleasant atmosphere, is an ideal place for urban residents to return to nature, recreation, tourism and vacation.
Hotel - Fuzhi Mountain Scenic Area
Distance 20.3 kilometers
Time 50 minutes by car