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“Charm of Jiangsu” Photo Exhibition – Yangtze River


Jiangsu is the only province in China that has “rivers, lakes, and seas.” The Yangtze River flows from west to east and passes through eight cities in Jiangsu: Nanjing, Yangzhou, Zhenjiang, Taizhou, Changzhou, Wuxi, Suzhou, and Nantong. These eight cities are like eight brilliant pearls, showcasing the sound natural environment, profound cultural heritage, and happy life of the people on both sides of the river. Let’s go downstream and learn more about these cities along the river.


Nanjing 南京

Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu, with a long history and rich cultural heritage. By taking the Yangtze River cruise, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of famous landmarks such as Mufu Mountain, the Cherry Blossom Avenue, the Yangtze River Bridge, and the Yangtze River Scenery Area. The grand Purple Mountain and vast Xuanwu Lake add natural beauty to Nanjing. At night, the splendidly lit Confucius Temple and bustling Xinjiekou area offer a glimpse into the ancient charm and modern vibrancy of this historic city.


Yangzhou 扬州

Yangzhou, known as the Creative City of Gastronomy and the City of Canals, is a world-renowned destination with a plethora of international brands. At the intersection of the Yangtze River and the Grand Canal lies Guazhou Ferry, which served as the starting point for Tang Dynasty monk Jianzhen’s journey to the east. Today, visitors can explore the splendor of ancient Yangzhou by visiting attractions such as the Slender West Lake and the China Grand Canal Museum. Indulging in the delectable delights of Huaiyang cuisine, including Yangzhou fried rice and crab meat lion’s head, is a quintessential experience that allows us to savor a life of happiness.


Zhenjiang 镇江

Zhenjiang is a city of scenic beauty and entrepreneurial opportunities. The urban area is surrounded by the “Three Mountains” cluster of Jinshan Mountain, Jiaoshan Mountain, and Beigushan Mountain, while the Maoshan and Baohua Mountains in the vicinity create a stunning landscape like that of a fairyland. Zhenjiang is well-known throughout the country for its prized Zhenjiang Vinegar, the unique Taoist music of Maoshan, and the ancient tale of the White Snake, which have all contributed to showcasing the distinctive allure of the city.


Taizhou 泰州

Taizhou, meaning “the city of auspicious prosperity,” is regarded as one of the happiest cities in China. The city is beautifully integrated with the Fengcheng River running through it, creating a harmonious coexistence between water and urban life. Taizhou is blessed with a favorable ecological environment, thanks to the Qinhu Wetland and the Qianduo Rape Flower Field. These natural attractions, along with Mei Lanfang’s Peking Opera and Taizhou’s unique morning tea, come together to form a picturesque representation of a happy life.


Changzhou 常州

Changzhou, known as the “City of Dragons” in China, brims with innovation and creativity. lt combines technology, culture, and tourism to create theme parks such as Spring and Autumn Yancheng Tourism Area, Oriental Salt Lake Resort, and China Dinosaur Park. The integration of ecology and leisure vacations is seen in attractions like Tianmu Lake, Nanshan Bamboo Sea, and natural hot springs, which attract a large number of domestic and international tourists each year.


Wuxi 无锡

Wuxi is a city in China that has the highest per capita GDP. It has a rich history and is home to many literary figures such as Qian Zhongshu, painter Xu Beihong, and snooker player Ding Junhui. Currently, Wuxi’s tourism industry is flourishing and is known for its scenic spots like Lingshan Cultural Tourism Group and Nianhuawan, as well as intangible cultural heritage products such as Yixing Zisha and Huishan Clay Figurines. These attractions are exuding an immense amount of charm and continue to attract visitors from all around the world.


Suzhou 苏州

Suzhou is a typical representative of the water towns in the Jiangnan region, and is known as the “Venice of the East.” Together with the Jinji Lake Business Tourism Zone, the Jiangnan gardens and ancient water towns such as Humble Administrator’s Garden, Master of the Nets Garden, Zhouzhuang, and Luzhi create a city that harmoniously blends modernity and antiquity. Suzhou is also recognized as the Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art globally, with cultural treasures such as Kunqu Opera, the origin of Chinese operas, and intangible cultural heritage like Suzhou embroidery that are truly awe-inspiring.


Nantong 南通

Nantong, also known as the “Gateway to the River and Sea,” has a unique charm that stems from its connection to waterways. The first ray of sunshine in Jiangsu shines on Nantong’s Yuantuo Cape. Nantong is a city of museums, with over 20 museums, including the China Abacus Museum and the Blue Calico Museum, linked by the Haohe River. Wushan, named after its five mountains, serves as a model for preserving the ecological balance of the Yangtze River. lt is an excellent place to view the majestic flow of the river as i tmeets the sea.


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