Haining City is located in the south side of China’s Yangtze River Delta and the north of Zhejiang Province. The city has total area of 668 square kilometers with a total population of 640,000, and has jurisdiction over four streets and eight towns. It is 100 kilometers away from Shanghai and 61.5 kilometers from Hangzhou.
The soaring tide
The soaring tide of the Qiantang River is such a marvelous spectacle that only the Amazon River's surging tide rivals it! Annually, millions of people from both home and abroad flock there to watch it on the eighteenth day of the eighth lunar month (also around the Mid-Autumn Day). When the surging tide comes, the water can rise up to a height of 30 feet and the noise it generates sounds like thunder, or thousands of horses running. Yangong town in Haijing 45 km (about 28 miles) from Hangzhou is the best place to watch the Qiantang Tide.
Xiashi colored lantern making originated in Xiashi Town, Haining City of Zhejiang Province 1200 years ago. And it became famous early in the years of Qianfu in Tang Dynasty when Xizong was the emperor. Later in Southern Song Dynasty, Xiashi colored lanterns were ranked as tribute articles for the court. The lifelike, florid and exquisitely carved pictures are typical of Xiashi colored lantern making.
Haining Shadow Play
Shadow Play is animal skins or cardboard silhouette figures. Acted in the light irradiation with a cloth compartment, shadow play is one of the widely circulated puppet plays. The artists are behind a white screen during the performance, accompanied by percussion and strings, manipulating opera characters, singing with local popular tunes to tell the stories.
Shadow play is an ancient tradition of folk art of the Han Chinese, the old Beijingers call it "Donkey Skin Shadow Paly."
June 22, UNESCO's 38th World Heritage Committee meeting in Doha, Qatar, held by the Chinese consider the Grand Canal project, as part of China Grand Canal, Haning Chang'an Grand was selected into the World Heritage List.
Grand Canal of Haining Chang’an with a dam and three flood gates，is one of the most important monuments on the existing Grand Canal. There are two selection of the Gand Canal in Jiaxiang were listed.
Haining began to be inhabited as early as the New Stone Age some 6,000 years ago. During the Spring and Autumn period (770-476BC), it became part of the State of the Wu and then belonged to the State of the Yue before coming under the State of the Chu. In 221BC, during the Qin Dynasty, it fell under the jurisdiction of Changshui County (present-day Jiaxing). In 223AD, or the second year of the reign of Wu State King Huangwu of the Three Kingdoms period, it became known as Yanguan County. In 1295, or the first year of the reign of Yuan Emperor Yuanzheng, the county was promoted to be Yuanguan Prefecture. It became Haining Prefecture in 558. As the sea often invaded the prefecture via the Qiantangjiang River, the area was renamed Haining Prefecture in 1329 in the hope of calming the waves (in Chinese, “hai” means sea and “ning” calming down), and it remains so today. Following the founding the PRC, the area became Haining County, which was turned into Haining City in November 1986 with the approval of the State Council.
Yanguan Qiangjiangchao Tourist Resort
Yanguan scenic spot is an important tourist attraction in Haining, the main attractions include old Yanguan style streets, the former residence of Wang Guowei, One hundred-Square Kilometers of Qiantang tide parks and resorts.
Haining One hundred-Square Kilometers Qiantang International Tourism Corridor is located in the north shore of the Qiantang River, with a riverside length of 48 kilometers and the total area of 96.86 square kilometers, that’s why it got a very vivid “One hundred-Square Kilometers Qiantang." With spots " The meeting tide in Dingqiao Big Gap ", "A line tide in Yanguan" and "Turning-back Tide in old Yancang" and other attractions along the tide, you can feel Qiantang tidal bore surging, changing-shape characteristics.
Jianshan Scenic Spot
Haining Jianshan is next to Qiantang Riverside, its 23.6 kilometers away from the campus and 34 minutes by car. By combining existed natural resources, the natural landscape with the artificial landscape Jianshan develpoed an ecological tourists destination based on Morella rubra Festival ,golf club and other leisure projects.
Nanguanxiang Historical Streets
Nanguanxiang is a well-preserved and rare-seen old streets which remained Ming and Qing Dynasties street styles.
The main Spots including:Art Stret of Jiangnan colored latern,Haining Shadow Play Center,Former Residence of Wu Qicang and Wu Shicang,Huiyuan Nunnery and Zhouzongyi Memorial Hall.
Haining Dongshan Forest Park
No 1,Yujia Bridge,Xiashi,Haining.
With the theme of“Modern and Ancient Resorts surrounded by the water and hill”, the park is built as a spot for leisure activities for Haining citizens.
Juanhu Lake Wetland Park
Biyun Nan Road,Haining
Juanhu Reservior is located in the south of Haizhou Rd, the north of Jiangnan Ave,The East of Biyun Nan Rd, and the West of 08 Provincial Rd.
Landscape and spots around Juanhu Lake include: Huapu-Colored Shore,Chaoyin-Temples and Beaches,Jingxiu-Vivid ports. Each of them is combined clored latern culture ,shadow play culture ,tide culture, creative parks and skating elements. Thus a unique them park with its own characteristics is formed ,landscape and the view of lake is well integrated and the urban sight viewing is enhanced.
Luzhong Ancient Town
Luzhong is a typical Jiangnan ancient water town with a compact layout and flowing waterway.
Deyi Bridge as the center,with Zhida Street and Xida Street on the side,A “T”shape is formed.
Among the streets there are many dense houses in small scale but very distinctive.