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China, an East Asian country is one of the world’s oldest civilizations. It has a vast cultural history of more than five thousand years and an outstanding natural beauty. On the other hand, this country has remained a comparatively isolated and secluded one, and being a land of mystery, this country is not known to the western half of the world. However, China is rapidly developing and has grown in the phase of modernization, with an immense speed and is also welcoming the outer world to interact and do business with them.
The ancient city of Jingzhou is located about 240 kilometers west of Wuhan and is part of the port of Shashi. It has been a place of strategic importance all through the ages. In 689 BC, the Kingdom of Chu moved its capital to the city of Jinan, which was just north of Jingzhou however has long since disappeared.
Jingzhou, formerly the famous city of Jiangling, has now been to some extent absorbed by the sprawling growth of Shashi, but it is still bordered by its 16 kilometer long and nine meter 30 foot high city wall. This place was the capital of Jing, one of the nine great Regions into which Emperor Yu, founder of the Xia dynasty that lasted from 2200 to 1800 BC, divided China. Its walls, according to tradition, were first built in the third century by Guan Yu, a hero of the Three Kingdoms age.
Since Jingzhou was the capital of 20 kingdoms during both the spring and autumn and Warring States periods, it is not astonishing that precious artifacts have been found buried in the several tombs on Phoenix Hill. These relics, in particular an important col1ection of lacquer ware, 2,000-year-old silk fabrics and garments, and an almost completely preserved male corpse of a Han-dynasty official, are displayed at the fine Jingzhou Museum, also an important research centre, and well worth a visit.

Jingzhou is definitely one of the popular tourist attractions in China. It is worth paying a visit while touring the country. This place will leave a pleasing and unforgettable memory and justify the proud cultural tradition of China.

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