Chuzhou people breathe air perennially above the national second level. The city is also known for Langya Mountain, a 4A scenic spot, Old Tippler’s Pavilion, the first pavilion in China, Zhongdu Town of the Ming, Royal Mausoleum of the Ming Dynasty, Wu Jingzi Memorial and other well-known attractions.
2015 saw 16.973 million tourist arrivals, up 17.3%, of which 101,109 tourists came from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and foreign countries. Tourism contributed 13.75 billion yuan to the local coffer, a surge of 21.8%, of which, 29.747 million dollars in the form of foreign exchange derived from tourism, a rise of 11.3%. By the end of 2015, Chuzhou had embraced 18 star-rated hotels with a combined number of 1,853 rooms or units. Likewise, there had been 24 tourist attractions above A level and 2 scenic spots.
Chuzhou is rich in tourism resources. It is home to 7 sites under state protection, including state-level scenic spots, state-level forest park and state-level cultural relics sites, as well as 11 provincial-level nature reserves and cultural relics sites, including famous mountains, pagodas, ancient customs, temples and historic cultural sites, in a total of over 100 sites. Of them, Langya Mountain, Old Tippler’s Pavilion, Fengyang Imperial Mausoleum for Ming Emperor, Egret Island Scenic Spot, Huangfu Mountain National Forest Park Nature Reserve, among others are well known both in China and overseas.
Alongside that, Chuzhou has gained name not only for its beautiful mountains and rivers, but also for its dazzling cultural relics. Men of letters in Tang and Song Dynasties kept singing praise of Chuzhou. Billed as the best mountain only after Penglai, Langya Mountain has well-preserved natural secondary forest, where tucked away is Langya Temple, built in Tang Dynasty, Old Tippler’s Pavilion in the Song Dynasty and Fengle Pavilion as well as Qingliu Customs integrating ancient post roads, passes and battlefields. Of all the stone inscriptions in the mountain, Ouwensuzi Inscription and Wu Tao-tze Buddha Inscription are dubbed the most invaluable assets of the mountain as they are the signal of Langya Mountain’s cultural profoundness. Rich in plants, the mountain grows 1,031 herbs, 672 plants and 131 birds, thus making it a veritable natural botanic garden, a Chinese herbal medicine garden and a paradise for birds. The vibrant plum tree and towering elm trees including Ulmus gaussenil, have added charm to Langya Mountain.