Jiangsu – silk, Yangtze River, the canals, ancient culture, and prosperity in modern time
Jiangsu is the province in East China, and one of the most important centres of Chinese culture. Nanjing, the capital of the province, is a former capital of China. Other big cities in this region that has population of 84 million are: Xuzhou, Nantong, Suzhou, Wuxi and Yangzhou.
The mayor tourist destination is Suzhou, the birthplace of Chinese opera, the cradle of Wu culture, and today attracting many with its classical gardens (UNESCO World Heritage Site), and water-town in nearby Zhouzhuang. In Wuxi there is world´s tallest statue of Buddha, Nanjing offer variety of historical sites from different periods, and Xuzhou is considered as one of China's "eminent historical cities".
From western type, comfortable hotels like Sheraton to those offering more “Chinese hotel” atmosphere – the accommodations all over the province will surely satisfy everybody.
Getting here and getting around
Travelling to and within Jiangsu is easy: extensive net of railway, abundance of flights from Shanghai, or even direct flight Nanjing - Frankfurt, Germany. Visitors can also hire a car with a driver, or drive themselves. In order to get to Suzhou, many take a plane to Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, which has very quick connection with this popular tourist destination.
Currency: Chinese renminbi, also known as Yuan (CNY).
Time zone: UTC (GMT)+8.
Driving: on the right side of the road.
The province lies between the semi-humid, temperate zone and the humid subtropical zone.There are distinctive seasons; heavy rains are frequent in the beginning of summer, and in early autumn one can expect typhoons with rainstorms with temperature drops. Most rains occurs in the northeast during summer. The average temperature: -2 degrees Celsius to 4 degrees C in January, and 26-29 degrees C in July.
South and North culture met in today´s Jiangsu; During Song dynasty (10st -12th century) the province became the centre of trade, growing in wealth and luxury, and during Ming dynasty Nanjing was shortly the capital, before it was moved to Beijing. Later on the province became exposed to the western influence, and Shanghai gained its cosmopolitan character. The Taiping Rebellion (1851 – 1864), and Chiang Kai-Shek regime establishing a government at Nanjing mark another important events in China´s history, as well as Nanjing being capital of Koumintang government until it was defeated by the communists.