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Nantong, known as a "Pearl of the River and Sea", is a city with a history since the Chinese Han Dynasty. It has been found that primitive clan inhabitants lived in this region 5,000 years ago.

As one of China's first fourteen coastal cities permitted to open to international trade and economy, Nantong has a national reputation of "the First Window on the Yangtze River" and is one of the national tourist centers. The city is listed on the China's Top 100 Counties (county-level cities) for its comprehensive strength in economy. With the completion of the Sutong (Suzhou-Nantong) Yangtze River Bridge in April 2008, the city is becoming the best city for its economic growth and foreign investments in the Yangtze Delta Economic Zone.

Nantong City is one of Jiangsu thirteen prefecture-level cities which administers two old municipal districts and 6 county-level cities or counties, including Hai'an and Rudong counties, Haiman, Qidong, Rugao and Tongzhou cities.

Mr. Zhang Jian, a local prominent statesman, entrepreneur and philanthropist, founded Nantong's first modern cotton mill in 1899. His pioneer enterprises finally developed into a business empire and were a solid foundation for Nantong for its later industrial modernization.

Nantong City is situated on the northern bank of the Yangtze River of Jiangsu province, facing Shanghai across the river. Standing next to the Pacific Ocean, the city and its jurisdiction have a coastline of more than 400 kilometers along the East China Sea, the river bank of 164 kilometer along the Yangtze River, plus enormous wetland and beaches.

The nature resources include crude oil, natural gas, coal and marble. Water is another nature resource, including rivers and marine area. Each year fishing industry brings the city millions of yuans. To reduce the carbon dioxide emission, wind power may become a source of new energy in this coastal region in the near future.

Nantong, plus the cities under its jurisdiction, has a warm and wet subtropical climate under the influence of East Asia monsoon. Seasons are distinct and residents enjoy sufficient sunlight and abundant rainfall. The average temperature is approximately 15 Centigrade with annual precipitation of more than1,000 mm.

Nantong, traditionally, had only highway and waterway transportation means available. The recent establishment of railways, Xin-Chang Railway and Ningqi (Nanjing-Qidong) Railway, has given the city and its jurisdiction an additional advantage, efficiently linking this area with the national railway network. Tonghu (Tongzhou-Shanghai) Railway is still under construction.

Nantong Port opens to near 200 international ports from 70 countries and regions. The port is a major port for container lines from Hongkong, Japan and South Korea. In 2007, Singapore RGM International has signed an agreement with Rudong County to invest $1.33 billion USD at Rudong's Yangkou Port to build a new port area.

Two Yangtze River bridges, Sutong (Changshu city of Suzhou to Nantong) Yangtze River Bridge officially opened in June 2008, spending about 1 hour to Shanghai. The Chongming-Qidong Yangtze River Bridge has been under construction since 2004 and hopefully be finished in 2009. The opening of Sutong Yangtze Bridge improves profoundly the traffic situation for Nantong, its jurisdiction and even for the entire coastal area of Jiangsu, connecting the Jiangsu North directly to the economic booming Jiangsu South and Shanghai. It makes Nantong the most competitive city for investment in the region.

Nantong Xingdong Airport was originally a small airport and reopened after a major renovation in 2003. The airport has now established flights to Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Nanjing, Xiameng, Shengzheng, Qingdao, and Wuhan, and more airways will be established soon.

Nantong is a hot tourist destination and its coastal line and landmarks would give you unforgettable memories. Langshan Hill, Wolf Hill in Mandarin Chinese, is just a small mount. But with its surrounding natural reserve and historic relics, Cuijing Buddhist Hall, it is worth to visit. Shuihuiyuang Garden, meaning Water Garden, is a unique Hui-styled garden in all China classic gardens.

Nantong Tourist Attractions

    Langshan Hill

    The Langshan Hill (Hill Langshan), "Wolf Hill" in Mandarin, is one ...
    Dinhui Temple

    This is a Buddhist temple with a history of more than 1,500 years (591 A.D.)....
    Nantong Museum

    The Nantong Museum, founded by the national industrialist Zhang Qian on Janua...

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