My Home City

My Home City

I’m from Songyuan City, Jilin Province, located in the northeast part of China and in the beautiful banks of the Songhua river with abundant natural resources and fabulous scenery.  It’s a district where the cultivation of rice and the breeding of fish flourish.

With the development of economy, Songyuan City ranked third in Jilin Province. Furthmore, it was granted the honor as one of the ten most charming cities in the northeast part of China. Mentioning Songyuan City, the culture and the places of interest should never be forgotten.

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    The Songhua River

A famous river divides Songyuan into the north and the south part, along its bank forming two amazing riverside parks. That is the Mother River of Jilin Province-Songhua River.

Songhua River, ranks the fifth longest river in China, runs about 1897 kilometers long and covers a drainage area of 545,600 square kilometers. The source of the river is a crater lake called Heavenly Lake with an elevation of 2189 meters at the top of the Changbai Mountain. This river confers resources and wonderful scenes to located people. Fish, drinking water, water for irrigation, and different scenes in different seasons.

The Songhua River in winter is much more alive than a summer bathing beach. It’s frozen hard with ice which thickness nearly one meter, turning it into a huge playground for a myriad of ice sports.

You can go skating and ice sailing, ride in ice vehicles and play ice skates. But if you want to do something really different, you can get into a swimming costume and join those enthusiastic people, young and old, diving and swimming in a pool of icy water dug out of the frozen river.

             

Songhua River          

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One of the most beautiful scene in Jilin Province is the trees covers in rime.

 “The trees covers in rime is one of the most fabulous scenes in the world.”

– Mayor of Jilin Province, Zhang, Huanqiu.

There are eight famous cities to see this grand scene:

  • Jilin City
  • Songyuan City
  • Siping City
  • Haerbin City
  • Mudanjiang City
  • Jiamusi City
  • Changchun City
  • Changshan City

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                                                                          Baerda Park

Baerda Park (also named Narenhan Park),  is one of the ten theme parks of Songyuan City. Planted are plenty of rare trees with decades of years, or even hundreds of years.

It is divided into four districts, they are exercise and fitness, historical and cultural, rest and leisure and entertainment for children. The function of this park is to protect the environment, and let people learn our own history and culture. This park creates a harmonious public place with culture, entertainment, exercise, travel and leisure.

“Our theme parks remind us that we should remember our own history and culture.”

– Director of Education Department, Dong, Xianqiang.

 

Badaer Park (Narenhan Park)

                                                                                                                                    

Longhua Temple

Longhua Temple, located in Forest Park, Ningjiang District, Songyuan City, Jilin Province, near to Songhua River, is the biggest temple in Asia. It started to be built in 1992, and extended increasingly these years. It has one kind of unique human landscape and tourist attraction.

There are thousands of people who go to the temple to worship each Buddha and appreciate extremely grand scenes everyday. Therefore, it turns into one of the most significant places to communicate the culture of Buddhism. What’s more, people come to here to pursue peace and quiet.

Longhua Temple

“Longhua Temple is a kind of symbol of culture. We should protect it and improve it.”

-Director of Cultural Association, Liu, Haoran

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Timeline: The Construction of Songyuan City

 

 

 

 

Songyuan City is an energetic city with profound culture and fabulous scenes. The places of interest elaborate its culture deeply and also demonstrate its own beauty. As the economy developed, it’s infrastructure has improved.

 

“All of the citizens love their own city.”

-Previous Mayor, Li, Xiangguo

I hope that the future of my home city will be more prosperous.