Changzhou Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 常州 (cháng zhōu)
Area: 4,375 square kilometers (1,689 square miles)
Administrative Division: 5 districts (Zhonglou, Tianning, Qishuyan, Xinbei, Wujin); 2 county-level cities (Jintan, Liyang)
Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0519-8163333
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiries: 184
Bank of China: 0519-8122988
Location: Changzhou lies in the south of Jiangsu Province, Yangtze Delta area, neighboring Taihu Lake and Shanghai in the east, Nanjing in the west, and shares the boundary with Anhui Province in the south.
History: This area was initially recorded as Yanling in the Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC - 476 BC), and the name was continued to be used for about 350 years. It was changed successively into Piling later on. It gained the name of Changzhou in the Sui Dynasty (581 - 618).
Physical Features: Due to the location in the Yangtze Delta area, fluvial plain constitute the main landform of the city. But the terrain seems more complex. To its west and south are the Maoshan Mountain and Tianmu Mountain. Generally, the land slops slightly downward from the northwest to the southeast with the Grand Canal passing through the city.
Climatic Features: The city enjoys a humid monsoon climate at the transition area between subtropical and temperate zones. The four seasons varies greatly during a year. Spring and autumn are moderate, while summer and winter go extremely opposite. Summer is torrid, but gathers majority of the rainfall. The plum rain period lasts from June to July. Also during the summer, rainstorm and typhoon are more likely to happen.
When to Go: The best time to visit Changzhou is in mid-spring and early autumn, for moderate temperature and less rainfall.
Special Local Products: Artware: random stitch embroidery, combs, paper-carving in Jintan
China Dinosaurs Park: It is a large dinosaur theme park in the Universal Dinosaur Town, consisting of a dinosaur museum and six entertainment areas with various recreational facilities. Tourists can not only learn more about dinosaurs in the museum, but can relax themselves in the exciting activities.
Town of Yancheng: This historical site was the only ruins of Chinese old town with three city walls and three moats kept from the Spring and Autumn Period. Three thousands years of history not only left people the enigma about the town's ruler but also gave the town big reputation.
Tianning Temple: Built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the temple has more than 1,300 years' of history being one of the most famous Buddhist sites in Southeast China. The Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) visited Tianning Temple for three times. Apart from halls and towers, the brick carvings of the Five Hundred Disciples of Buddha and twelve jade Buddhas add much luster to the temple.
|Admission Fee:||CNY 80 (including temple and ascending to the pagoda)|
|Transportaton:||take bus no. 11, 23, 25, 53, 62, 78, 80, 220, 902 or 903 to get off Tianningsi Station.|
Tianmu Lake: The lake is located at the north foot of the Tianmu Mountain, one hour's drive (in Liyang City) from the downtown Changzhou. It is formed by the construction of reservoirs in this region. The lake perfectly complements the surrounding natural sceneries.
|Scenic Spots inside the lake||Ticket Price||Opening Hours||Transportation|
|Shanshuiyuan Scenic Area||CNY 120||
08:30 to 17:30 (summer)
08:00 to 17:00 (winter)
First, tourists should take bus from Changzhou Bus Station (also called Changzhou Passenger Transport Center) located at the north square of the railway station) to Liyang Bus Terminal.
1. Shashuiyuan Scenic Area: take bus no. 9 from Qichezongzhan Station (Liyang Bus Terminal) to Tianmuhubingguan (Tianmu Lake Hotel) Station.
2. Nanshan Bamboo Sea & Yushui Hot Spring: take regular bus from Liyang Bus Terminal.
|Nanshan Bamboo Sea||CNY 90||08:30 to 17:00|
|Yushui Hot Spring||CNY 218||
Combs Alley: Comb making brought the city great fame since a long time ago. Every family in the Combs Alley made a living as combs maker in Qing Dynasty. Built on the side of the Grand Canal, courier station was established in the alley in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
Other Scenic Area: Maoshan Mountain
Changzhou Travel Tips:
Changzhou Airport is located in Xinbei District, 18 kilometers (11 miles) from the city center, and operating flights to Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Shenyang, Harbin, Dalian and Xiamen. Visitor can take airport buses from the ticket office in the city's Civil Aviation Building (Min Hang Da Sha).
There are two railway stations in the city and they operates both ordinary and high speed trains to/from Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Hefei, Changsha, Wuhan, Qingdao and so on.
See detailed Changzhou Train Schedule & Stations
Changzhou Bus Station is located at the north square of the railway station, where passengers can take bus from there to Shanghai, Wuxi, Nanchang and other cities.