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Yancheng, referring to "Salt City" in Mandarin, is a city with a history of 2,100 years. Situated on the north bank of Yangtze River, the city was given the name referring to its sea salt production and salt harvest fields, tracking back to 119 B.C.

Yancheng City is one of Jiangsu thirteen prefecture-level cities which administers two old municipal districts and seven county-level cities or counties. The city is the largest city in Jiangsu in the term of its land mass and the second largest city in population.

Lying on the China's east coast, the splendid coastal city has a well protected coastline, wetland and uncontaminated water resource. Two national nature reserves with international prestige are located in the city. The nature reserves are the important wintering habitat for millions of migrating birds and shelters an enormous number of other species of insects, fish, and wild animals.

With its rich culture and heritage, Yancheng is a pearl on the east coast and will be one of the best lands for tourists and investors.

Lying along the China Yellow Sea, Yancheng has the longest coastal line in Jiangsu, near 600 km in length. The city is located in the middle-east of Jiangsu on the Jiangsu Northern Plain. It borders Lianyungang, Huai'an, Yangzhou and Taizhou, and is connected by expressway/highways and air traffic to other municipalities including the provincial capital Nanjing and Shanghai.

The nature resources include crude oil and natural gas. It has 4,550 square kilometers of wetland and more than 18,900 square kilometers of coastal waters area. Its territory is still expanding toward the sea with a speed of more than 10 square kilometer per year due to the sediment of a huge amount of sand particles brought by the Yangtze River. The coastal waters bring the city an abundance of fish resources. The total days of the wind speed exceeding 4 m per second reach 63-156 days per year, which is potentially a new energy source for electricity to reduce carbon dioxide emission.

Yancheng, together with the its jurisdiction, has a warm and wet subtropical climate under the influence of East Asia Monsoon. Seasons are distinct and its residents enjoy sufficient sunlight and abundant rainfall. The average temperature is approximately 15 Centigrade with the highest 38 Centigrade in summer and the lowest -10 Centigrade in winter. The annual precipitation of 1,000 to 1,600 mm.

Yancheng has efficient transport means, including highway/expressway, railway, air and waterway. At present, at least five expressway/highway lines link the city with other major cities in the province, including expressways of Nanjing-Qingjiang-Yancheng, Suzhou-Yancheng, Yancheng-Huai'an, Yancheng-Nantong and coastline.

Xinchang Railway Xunyi (under the jurisdiction of Xuzhou) is a trunk rail line for the city. The Port of Yancheng offers the waterway for cargo and passengers and receives containers from Japan and the South Korea. Yancheng Airport has charted flights to Beijing, Wenzhou, Guilin Guangzhou, etc.

The opening of the Sutong (Suzhou-Nantong) Yangtze River Bridge offers the city an additional fast traffic to the Southern Jiangsu, an economic booming area in China. The Chongming-Qidong Yangtze River Bridge will soon open in 2009.

Yancheng is a hot tourist destination and its coastal line, landmarks and conservation parkswould give you unforgettable memories. The Yancheng National Nature Reserve would give the best views for wild birds and aninals.

An army branch, The New Fourth Army, famed in the war against Japanese invasion, was re-established in Yancheng after being ambushed by the enemy and finally played an important role in the anti-Japanese war.

Yancheng Tourist Attractions


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