Zhenjiang Travel Guide
Area: 3,847 square kilometers
Zip Code: 212000
Area Code: 0511
Administrative Division: 3 districts (Jingkou, Jingzhou, Danxi), 3 county-level cities (Danyang, Yangzhong, Jurong)
Location: Zhenjiang City lies on the south bank of the lower Yangtze River, and in the southwest of Jiangsu Province. It is located between 31 37' - 32 19' north latitude and 118 58' - 119 59' east longitude. The city borders on Changzhou City to the southeast, Nanjing City to the west and faces to Yangzhou City and Taizhou City across the river.
History: The recorded history of the area could be traced back to 3,000 years ago in the Zhou Dynasty (11th century BC-221BC). In the following thousands of years, this region has been named as Zhufang in the Spring and Autumn Period (770BC-476BC), Guyang in the Warring States Period (476BC-221BC), Dantu in the Qin Dynasty (221BC-207BC), Jingkou in the Three Kingdoms Period (220-280), Runzhou in the Sui Dynasty (581-618) and finally Zhenjiang from the Northern Song Dynasty (1127-1279).
Climatic Features: Zhenjiang is controlled by the subtropical monsoon climate so that it has four distinct seasons. The summer time is muggy due to the hot weather and plenty of rainfall, as well as the winter is chill and humid. Usually, the plum rainy season happens from the middle of June to the July when it is also the hottest time throughout a year.
When to Go: Spring and Autumn is the best time to pay a visit due to the mild weather.
Local Highlights: the New Year's Greeting Bell-Toll at the Jinshan Temple (the last day of a year in Chinese Lunar Calendar)
Special Local Product: Zhenjiang vinegar (Zhenjiang Xiang Cu), Danyang sealed jar wine (Danyang Feng Gang Jiu), Jinshan lanterns (Jinshan Deng Cai)
Maoshan Hill: Located about 40km away from Zhenjiang, the verdant Maoshan mainly consists of three peaks and boasting magnificent natural sceneries. It is the birthplace of the Shangqing Sect of Taoism, where the highest statue of Lao-tzu is worshipped at present.
Ancient Xijin Ferry Street: The 1,000-meter long Ancient Xijin Ferry Street is located in the west of downtown Zhenjiang. It was left with a number of characteristic historical sites from the Tang, Song, Yuan and Qing dynasties.
Jiao Hill: This hill is located 5km away to the northeast of city proper, and surround by the Yangtze River. It is only 70.7 meters above the sea level but has the largest forest of stone steles in the south of the Yangtze River.
More Zhenjiang Attractions
1. There is no airport built in Zhenjiang, but passengers could use Nanjing Lukou Airport for convenience. Located on Shanghai-Nanjing railway, there are also a number of trains arriving at Zhenjiang Railway Station from Shanghai, Yangzhou, Suzhou and Nanjing. The four bus stations in downtown Zhenjiang operates frequent buses to get to Shanghai in 2 hours, Nanjing in 1.5 hours and Yangzhou in 45 minutes.
2. There is an intercity bus line opened between Zhenjiang and Yangzhou, passing by the Slender West Lake, Wenchang Pavilion, Jinshan Hill Park, Xijin Ferry, Beigu Hill Park and Jiao Hill.
3. The taxi fare of Zhenjiang is CNY7 for the first three kilometers and then CNY1.6 per additional kilometer. After 4 kilometers, the fare is CNY2.4 per kilometer.