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Bozhou Introduction

Bozhou is a state-level famous historical and cultural city, and o­ne of the outstanding tourist cities of China. It has a long history and profound cultural details. People of talent come forth in great number in Chinese history, Chengtang, the state-founding sage-king of Shang Dynasty; Lao Zi and Zhuang Zi, grandfathers of Taoism; Huatuo, ancestor of surgery; Caocao, Military Emperor of Wei Dynasty; Caopi, Civil Emperor of Wei Dynasty; Caozhi, a poet; Huamulan, a heroine; and etc. They shine as brilliant stars in human history. The ruins and landscapes left after them can be listed as a string of beads and make people linger o­n and forget to return.
Bozhou is the hometown of Huatuo, “the miracle-making doctor”, and o­ne of the four main herb capitals in Chinese history. It abounds in traditional Chinese medicinal material, and its medicinal materials market is of long standing. Bozhou is fertile and abundant in products, especially in traditional Chinese medicinal material. It is the national production base of traditional Chinese medicinal material and has the reputation of “ medicine capital.”Bozhou has the largest specialized market and trade center of traditional Chinese medicinal material in China. An industrial system of traditional Chinese medicinal material manufacture and traditional Chinese medicine of certain scale is initially formed in Bozhou. There is a sizable group of professionals skilled in mastering traditional processing techniques. In Bozhou, the largest production area of yellow cattle, every family wears grass and raises cattle. It enjoys the reputation of “ the golden triangle of yellow cattle in China.”
Bozhou is noted as “home of liquor” and produces Gujinggong liquor, “ peony of liquor”, “Shuanglunchi”, “Zhuangzi Home Liquor.”Wan ( abbreviation for Anhui province) liquor represented by “ Bo Liquor”gets abreast of Chuan liquor and Gui liquor. Gujinggong liquor is o­ne of the eight famous liquors in China. The economic bebefit of Gujinggong ranks the second among the famous liquor industries in China. “Gujinggong Liquor”of Bozhou which is served at the state banquet enjoys great prestige in China and in the world. In recent years, a museum of Chinese liquor culture is built. The exhibits in this museum are abundant and the display is exquisite. The extensive knowledge, profound culture, and long history of liquor are represented in full. The total population of Bozhou is more than 5.3 million.

Bozhou Traffic

Railway:
The transportation in Bozhou is very convenient. Bozhou is close to Bengbu Railway Station, the railway terminal of Anhui. Jingjiu railway is through Bozhou. It needs about 5 hours from Beijing to Bozhou. There are trains from Bozhou to the west of Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Wenzhou. All the others trains just stop at Bozhou. The stopping time varies from 4 minutes to 16 minutes. You may get to Bozhou railway station by taking No. 1 or No. 3 public bus in Bozhou City.
The enquiry office of Bozhou railway station  telephone: 0558-5516789

Highway:
Bozhou is an important distributing center for medicinal material in China. It owns convenient transportation. It has several important highways which are based o­n Bofu expressway and 105 state highway.In Bozhou long-distance passenger station, there are buses o­n 41 lines to other provinces and cities everyday. There are also 39 bus lines inside the province. It is convenient to take long-distance bus in Bozhou. Everyday, buses from Bozhou to Fuyang, Bengbu, and Huaibei, another three cities in the northern part of Wan, run every 20 minutes to o­ne hour. You may get there by taking No.1 or No.2 public bus in the city.  
Bozhou long-distance bus passenger station ( Weiwu Avenue, Qiaocheng District, Bozhou)  Telephone: 0558-5523790
The enquiry office of Bozhou bus station  Telephone: 0558-5522862

Local Transport
Public Bus
Presently, there are four public bus lines in Bozhou, No.1-No. 4. Every bus runs every 5 to 7 minutes.
Daily working time of public bus: 6:30-18:30.

Taxi
The taxis in Bozhou are mainly Qirui and Xiali. The starting price is 3 RMB. It is 1 RMB per km after 1.5 kms. It charges 1.2 RMB per km after 6 kms. The starting price is 3 RMB at night ( 22:00-06:00 next day). It charges 1.2 RMB per km after 1.5 kms. Besides, if waiting time is more than 5 minutes, 0.2 RMB as waiting fee will be charged per minute. The passenger should pay the road toll and bridge toll.

Bozhou Festivals

      The Spring Festival is the most important festival for the Chinese people and is when all family members get together, just like Christmas in the West. All people living away from home go back, becoming the busiest time for transportation systems of about half a month from the Spring Festival. Airports, railway stations and long-distance bus stations are crowded with home returnees.
The Spring Festival falls o-n the 1st day of the 1st lunar month, often o-ne month later than the Gregorian calendar. It originated in the Shang Dynasty (c. 1600 BC-c. 1100 BC) from the people's sacrifice to gods and ancestors at the end of an old year and the beginning of a new o-ne.
Strictly speaking, the Spring Festival starts every year in the early days of the 12th lunar month and will last till the mid 1st lunar month of the next year. Of them, the most important days are Spring Festival Eve and the first three days. The Chinese government now stipulates people have seven days off for the Chinese Lunar New Year.

      The Festival of Lanterns takes place at the end of the Chinese New Year Celebration, o-n the fifteenth day of the first moon.  Lanterns have been part of Chinese life for centuries so it's not surprising to see a festival of lanterns.   People usually hang lanterns in the gardens, outside the houses, and o-n the boats.  These lanterns are signposts to guide guests and spirits of ancestors to the Lunar celebration.  After a sumptuous fifteen-day feast, these lanterns light the way for the spirits back to the world beyond.
Silk, paper and plastic lanterns vary in shape and size and are usually multi-colored. Some are in the shapes of butterflies, birds, flowers, and boats.  Other are shaped like dragon, fruit and animal symbols of that year.  The most popular type of lantern is the "horse-racing" o-ne, in which figures or animals rotate around the vertical axis of the lantern.
The special food for the Lantern Festival is Yuen Sin or Tong Yuen.  These are round dumplings made with sticky rice flour.  They can be filled and served as a sweet snack or made plain and cooked in a soup with vegetables, meat and dried shrimp.  The round shape of the dumpling is a symbol of wholeness, completeness and unity.
The Lantern Festival is an occasion for families to get together and for everyone--young, old, rich and poor to have fun.

Bozhou Service Telephones

Huangshan Municipal Travel Bureau: 0559-2514091
Huangshan  Tourism Quality Supervision: 0559-2517464
She County Travel Bureau: 0559-6512663
Xiuning County Travel Bureau: 0559-7560038
Huizhou District Travel Bureau: 0559-3511670
Huanghan District Travel Bureau: 0559-8532445
Yixian County Travel Bureau: 0559-5522297
Tunxi District Travel Bureau: 0559-2512449
Qimen County Travel Bureau: 0559-4512326

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