An Overview of Jiangsu Province
A coastal province in East China, Jiangsu Province borders Shanghai Municipality, and provinces of Zhejiang, Anhui, Shandong and Henan. With a total area of 102,600 square kilometers and Nanjing as its capital, Jiangsu has a population of more than 74 million and administers 13 prefectures.
Has a flat lay of land, the majority of the province is occupied by plains, with low hills, uplands, down lands dotted on brim of the province. With a lot of rivers and lakes such as Changjiang(Yangtze) River, Huaihe River, the Great Canal, Taihu Lake, and Hongze Lake flowing through the province, Jiangsu Is called “Home of Rivers and Lakes.”
Jiangsu boasts convenient transportations of land, water and air. With railways of Beijing-Shanghai, Nanjing-Xiamen, Nanjing-Guangzhou, Lianyungang-Lanzhou running through the province, Jiangsu is connected with other major cities in China. While Changjiang (Yangtze) River runs through the province from east to west, the Great Canal breaks through from south to north, Nanjing Lukou Airport, Xuzhou Guanyin Airport, Shanghai-Nanjing Freeway, High-speed trains of Shanghai-Nanjing and Shanghai-Hangzhou provide convenient ways for visitors both for coming and leaving. Luxurious yachts imported from Germany are used for the tour of the Three Gorges. High-speed yachts from Singapore are used for tour of the Taihu Lake and the voyage from Wuxi to Hangzhou. Possessing complete traveling facilities, Jiangsu can offer high-quality service for visitors from home and abroad.
The feature of Jiangsu tourism is “Green Mountains with Elegant Waters, Renowned Gardens in Ancient Cities.” Rich tourism resources, deep cultural background, unstrained folk customs, all take a part to form Jiangsu’s tourism characteristics. .Suzhou Classical Gardens and the Ming Tomb were inscribed on UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage List.
Jiangsu has many tourist cities, including Nanjing, which preserves historical sites of six dynasties: Suzhou, which is famous for the classical gardens; Wuxi, which is famous for the beautiful lake of Taihu; Yanzhou, which witnessed the zenith of the Han and Tang cultures; Zhenjiang, which encapsulates mountains forests and temples; Yixing, which is a famous for its pottery ware, caves, bamboos, and tea; Changzhou, which still preserves the ruins of Yancheng City; Xuzhou, which is famous for the heritages of the Eastern and Western Han dynasties; Lianyungang, which boasts picturesque sea-side landscapes; Nantong, which presents an amazing riverside scenery; Changshu, which is famous for the ancient temples; Yancheng, which encompasses nature reserves for the Pere David deer and red-crowned cranes; Huaiyin, which presents breathtaking landscapes of plains; Huai’an, which has many sites for historical personages; Suqian, which enjoys the reputation as “Home of Wine;” and Taizhou, which was the birthplace of Peking Opera master Mei Lanfang. The Wuyue and Changjiang cultures, which can match the Central Plain culture, both originated from Jiangsu’s Zhenjiang, Wuxi, Suzhou, and Changshu areas. The unique water town scenes and customs, characterized by stone bridges spanning over small rivers, rows upon rows of countryside houses, mists curling upwards from swaying willow branches on riverbanks, fragrance drifting over rice and wheat fields, flickering bamboo shadows, and ear-pleasing local dialects, make visitors indulge in these pleasures. In recent years, Jiangsu has developed a new series of tourist attractions, including the Wuxi CCTV Production Base, which has attracted numerous visitors; the Suzhou Fairyland, which is considered a model among China’s third*generation theme parks; the Changzhou China Dinosaur Park, which integrates hi-Tech amusement with education; the Zhengyi Great Shanghai International Golf Club in Kunshan; Mt. Lingshan in Wuxi; the Jiangyin Changjiang Highway Bridge Scenic Zone; and Lianyungang seashore. In addition, more than 40 special tourist routes, including Water Towns Tour, Yangzhou Qianlong Water lour, and Ancient Canal Tour, have been designated by the National Tourism Administration as key tourist routes.
Jiangsu historically produced many skillful craftsmen, and the handicrafts made here feature diverse varieties, fine and delicate manual work, and a high grade. Famous art works include Yuhua stones and colorful brocades of Nanjing, white marble screens of Zhenjiang, lacquer wares of Yangzhou, embroideries of Suzhou, wood-carved New-Year paintings of Taohuawu, Huishan clay figurines of Wuxi, purple-sand objects of Yixing, brocades of Changzhou, bandhnu of Nantong, shell-carved paintings of Lianyungang, crystals of Donghai, and fur-coated three-dimensional animals of Xuzhou. In addition, Jiangsu Is also well-known for the Huaiyang Cuisine, which first thrived during the Sui and Tang dynasties and excels in color, smell, taste, shape, and container, as well as various feasts and famous snacks. The delicacies have attracted numerous tourists to Jiangsu and satisfied their palates.
Jiangsu entertains tourists with fine services ensured by a high-quality service team and a complete set of standard service system. The provincial and municipal governments have established supervision Institutions for the tourist service quality and enhanced legal enforcement.
In the new century, Jiangsu, with a brand-new look, will bring you new feelings.
Welcome to Jiangsu.