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By Jiao Feng, China Today Staff Writer

The prosperity of Shanghai and her surrounding cities used to depend heavily on a single waterway – the Grand Canal. With Beijing and Hangzhou at its ends, the canal was the main route between the South and North of China till the introduction of the railway. Productions of the fertile southeast, like tea, silk and porcelain, were shipped to the North non-stop through this canal.

By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer 

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Liyuan Garden Entrance

A highlight of my recent trip to China was to visit Liyuan Garden in the Kaiping District of Guandong. In 2007, the Garden was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the Kaiping Diaolou and Villages. "Diaolou" is a term used to describe fortified multi-storied tower-like structures that exquisitely integrate western architectural style with Chinese architectural style. This garden should not be mistaken with another famous garden referred to by the same name which is located in the lower Yangtze valley on Lihu Lake in southwest Wuxi which we also visited on this trip.

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South entrance of Expo 2010 Shanghai Photo by: Cesarexpo

The penultimate meeting of the Steering Committee of Commissioners General for Shanghai Expo 2010 took place on Oct. 21.  In addition to discussing the logistics of closing the Expo, the organizers of Shanghai Expo 2010 were congratulated by Hiroshi Tsukamoto, chairman of the Steering Committee of Commissioners General for Expo 2010 and commissioner general of Japan, for the success of the Expo, which is the largest-ever World Expo in terms of size, number of events, and number of visitors.

As one of the most important China tourism promotion events in the Midwest, China Tour Night in Minneapolis was a blast back in 2008. It was co-hosted by China National Tourist Office (CNTO), Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) and CIAC Travel Inc., the local China tour specialist in Minnesota. This event was initiated with the intention to promote the unique beauty of China to the local travel companies, helping them better understand the Chinese travel market and promote China as the destination of first choice. After a year and a half of preparation, the 2nd China Tour Night finally took place in Midwest, except this time it was bigger and covered three cities: Chicago, Milwaukee and Minneapolis.

March 20th - 27th, 2010

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