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Travel in Jiangsu
updated on:2008-05-30 09:29

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Jiangsu province which borders on Shanghai has a history of thousands of years. The Yangtze River (the longest river in China) runs through the southern part of Jiangsu  reaching the Eastern China Sea whilst the magnificent Grande Canal runs from the north to the south, traversing all the east-west river system.

At present, Jiangsu has a total of 13 cities which are classed as some of the most comprehensively developed in the areas of Economy, education and transport in the province, boasting a fusion of both the traditional and the modern.

The best time for travelling in Jiangsu Province is spring and autumn. 

1. Spring: spring is the best season in a year, as spring wakes the nature giving a vibrant feeling. 

2. Autumn: autumn is also a good season to travel in Jiangsu Province with clear sky and moderate temperature. 

History of Jiangsu

In 1667, Jiangsu was established because of the east-and-west separation of Jiangnan Administration Commission. The name of the province is the abbreviation of the “Provincial Administration Commission that administrates Jiangnan covering Jiangning, Huaian, Yangzhou, Xuzhou, Haizhou and Tongzhou” and the “Provincial Administration Commission that administrates Jiangnan covering Suzhou, Songjiang, Changshu, Zhenjiang and Taicang”.

After 1949, located in the north of Jiangsu Province, administrative area of Southern Jiangsu Province and Nanjing City three provincial administrative district, merged in 1953, the establishment of Jiangsu Province, the provincial capital of Nanjing.

Jiangsu culture

As one of the birthplaces of Chinese Yangtze River culture, Jiangsu is blessed with a picturesque landscape, and rich cultural heritage including various art forms, literary works and historical figures. 

Just to mention a few, you can immerse yourself in Jiangsu Culture in the Suzhou Gardens, experience the Ming Dynasty Tombs and visit the world’s most ancient Grand Canal. 

The unique Kunqu Opera, wood-block printing (雕版) and Yangzhou Paper cutting are all intangible cultural heritage. Jiangsu Provincial cultural public services offer the tourist, cultural facilities of the highest standard, including free facilities such as libraries, cultural centres, art galleries and local museums. 

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