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Yancheng Map Population: 8,047,300

Area: 16,921 square kilometers (6,533 square miles)

Nationalities: Han

Administrative Division: 2 districts (Tinghu, Yandu); 5 counties (Sheyang, Funing, Binhai, Xiangshui, Jianhu); 2 county-level cities (Dongtai, Dafeng)

Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Inquires and Complaints: 0515-8348666-1, 8348666-2
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
Bank of China: 0515-8218001

Location: Yancheng is seated in central coastal area of Jiangsu Province, facing eastward to the Yellow Sea. It neighbors Yangzhou in the west, Nantong in the south and is bounded on the north by Lianyungang, occupying the largest area among the cities in the province.

History: Yancheng was exploited as early as over 2,100 years ago. The Huaihe River empties into the Yellow Sea in northern part of the city. In Western Han Dynasty (206BC-24AD), a county named with salt was established here for its salt production, and get its name, Yancheng, in 411 BC.

Physical Features: The general terrain of the region is flat, and its domain can be divided into three plain areas. Within the city, there are many rivers crisscross forming an intense water network.

Climatic Features: In the transition area between the south warm temperate zone to the subtropical, the weather has strong features of oceanic warm and humid monsoon climate. It is characterized by distinctive four seasons, abundant rainfall and sunshine. The weather is relatively moderate, but temperature in winter and summer may vary greatly in a year.

When to Go: Usually, visitor can choose to the city according to their own situations. Actually, spring, summer and autumn are all favorable to visit the area.

Special Local Food: Steamed bun stuffed with crab yolk (Xie Huang Bao), sugar fried dough twist (Tang Ma Hua), glutinous rice cake of Funing (Funing Da Gao)

Scenic Spots:
Yancheng Nature Reserve: This pristine national wetland nature reserve is set up for rare birds, especially the red-crowned crane. Every year, the natural reserve will await the arrival of flocks of rare birds that is a really spectacular scene. 

Admission Fee: CNY 45 (May to October)
CNY 30 (November to April)
Transportation: take regular bus from Yancheng Passenger Transport Center (located near the railway station) to Xinyanggang and then change a taxi to the nature reserve.  

Dafeng Milu Nature Reserve: The nature reserve is located in Dafeng City, being the world's largest wild breeding base for milu. Other herds of animals can also been found in it, including swan, ern and roe. Furthermore, tourist facilities and auxiliary buildings may greatly ease visitors' stay there. 
Admission Fee: CNY 40
Opening Hours: 07:30 to 19:00
Transportation: take regular bus from Yancheng Passenger Transport Center (located near the railway station) to Dafengzha and then change regular bus to Chuandong Farm. 

Other Scenic Spots: Jiulongkou Nature Reserve, Taishan Temple, Dazong Lake Scenic Area, Yancheng Kuzhi Peony Garden

Tourist Tips: Yancheng Airport stands in Nayang Town, Tinghu District, having flights to Beijing, Guangzhou and Nantong and Korea. Yancheng Passenger Transport Center is situated in No.22 East Qingnian Road, where internal bus lines depart every five to ten minutes. It is about four hours' drive to Shanghai, and about three hours' ride to Nanjing, Yangzhou, Suzhou and some other tourist cities.