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Jiangsu

Travel Guide Asia China Jiangsu

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Introduction

Jiangsu is one of the wealthiest provinces in China and is located in the central east of the country.

Jiangsu is home to the mighty Yangtze River; China’s ancient engineering Wonder of the World in the Grand Canal; the World Heritage Listed Chinese classical gardens of Suzhou; the famous Confucius Temple and Mausoleum of Sun Yat-sen in Nanjing; and it is the best place to see the unique living water villages of the Yangtze River Delta. The many hidden treasures of Jiangsu include the Terracotta warriors of Xuzhou; the former residence of Nobel prize-winning American author, Pearl Buck; and endangered species of birds and animals.

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Geography

The region is located immediately north of Shanghai and Zhejiang province, neighbouring Anhui and Shandong. The province is on the Yellow Sea coast, extending for around 800 kilometres.

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Cities

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Getting There

By Plane

There are a few airports in Jiangsu Province. The largest one, Nanjing Lukou International Airport (IATA: NKG, ICAO: ZSNJ) (南京禄口国际机场), is located about 35 kilometres southeast from downtown Nanjing. In 2008 the airport handled almost 9 million passengers and is one of the top 20 busiest airports in China. There are daily flights to almost every major and medium sized city in China with several flights a day to Beijing. There is also limited international service to Macau, Seoul, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Osaka, Tokyo, Frankfurt and Singapore. Recently cross-strait charter service has begun with Taipei, but these flights are very hard to book for international travellers.

It is easier to take a flight to or from Shanghai and continue by train, bus or taxi.

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Eat

Huaiyang cuisine is the main attraction here It is considered one of the four main cuisines of China. Normally, Huaiyang cooking techniques consist of stewing and roasting, and the flavors are light, fresh and mellow. Much of its character is owed to the region's vinegar. The emphasis of this style is placed on the quality of the materials and on how the ingredients are cut. Fish and other water-creators are fresh. The cut and carving of vegetables and fruits add to the dishes. Some of the main dishes include:

  • Duck egg and pork porridge
  • Lion-head meatball with crab roe
  • Liangxi crisp eel
  • Sliced fatty pork slices
  • Sour vegetable fish pot
  • Squirrel-shaped mandarin fish
  • Steamed pork rice wraps
  • Sweet and sour mandarin fish
  • Yangzhou fried rice

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