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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

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Chaozhou Travel Guide
Chaozhou is a city in eastern Guangdong province of the People's Republic of China. It borders Shantou to the south, Jieyang to the southwest, Meizhou to the northwest, the province of Fujian to the east, and the South China Sea to the southeast.

Chaozhou is a national historic cultural city founded in the East Jin Dynasty (AD 331). It has a history of more than l670 years. For a short while in the Sui and early Tang Dynasties, Haiyang District was called Yi'an District. The name remained Haiyang until 1914, when it was renamed to Chao'an County to avoid ambiguity with the Haiyang County of Shandong Province.
The seat of the 1951 Guangdong People's Government was at Chao'an County, a part of it was created as Chao'an City in 1953 and later that year renamed to Chaozhou City (county-level).
In 1955, the provincial seat moved to Shantou. Chaozhou City was abolished five years later, and reestablished again in 1979.
In 1983, the situation was reversed, with Chao'an abolished and made a part of Chaozhou City. Chaozhou was made a provincially-administered city in January 1989, and a vice-prefecture-level city in January 1990. In December 1991, Chaozhou was further upgraded into its current statue of prefecture-level city. .

There is no airport in Chaozhou, but there is an international airport in Guangzhou and a small one nearby. The small Shantou Airport is about 40 kilometers away.
There are many buses directly to Chaozhou everyday at Tianhe bus station of Guangzhou, it is once in an hour.
The railway transportation in Chaozhou is convenient. There are railway links to Guangzhou, Meizhou, Shantou, Shenzhen, Wuchang, Jiujian, and other cities.

Chaozhou is a popular tour region, there are many star-class cabarets, you don't worry any more. The guest house in cabarets here are hygiene and comfort, and the kit facilities is well-found, they can provide to visitors satisfied look at remaining of the landscape and enjoy fully.

Chaozhou cuisine is a local cooking style in Chaozhou and Shantou area. It is a major part of the Guangdong Cuisine. Chaozhou cuisine originated from Chaoshan Plain about one thousand years ago.
Seafood is the most famous in Chaozhou cuisine. Duck and goose are other Chaozhou favorites; the region's famed spicy goose is served with garlic and vinegar sauce.

Chaozhou is of subtropical marine monsoon climate with an average temperature of 21.4 degrees Celsius and an average Precipitatlon of l685.8 mm annually.

Guangji Bridge
Guangji Bridge, also known as Xiangzi Bridge, is an ancient bridge that crosses the Han River in Chaozhou, Guangdong province.
Its construction began in 1170 in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) and lasted 57 years. With a length of 519.7 meters, the bridge has 18 piers in the east and west sections and a middle section 100 meters long. More piers were built in 1435 in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and the bridge's name was changed to Guangji Bridge.
A key cultural relic under national protection, Guangji Bridge is renowned as one of China's four famous ancient bridges.

Kaiyuan Temple
Kiayuan Temple was first built in 26 Kaiyuan of Tang dynasties. It is a Buddhist center embodied with the quintessence of the architectural art of various dynasties such as the Tang, the Song, the Yuan and the Qing.
The temple has a big bronze bell that is 1.7 meters high and 1.05 meters in circumference. It weighs more than 1,500 kilograms. This bell was made by the Chaozhou Diamond Sutra Agent in 1114 AD and is in good condition. It still rings.
The temple is also home to the most influential Buddhism Study Institute in Southeast China. Inside, handsome calligraphy and inscribed steles remind visitors that this temple once functioned as the record keeper of the city.

The Lighthouse of Buddha
The lighthouse was used for boats in the Hanjiang river as this part of the river was dangerous. The lighthouse could remind people that they were in Chaozhou area and ought to be careful.
It is said a former emperor once passed in his "dragon boat" while he was sleeping and was woken by the light from this Lighthouse. He thought it must have been a bodhisattva sending him the light and therefore named it the "lighthouse of Buddha".

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