Huai'an Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 淮安 (huái ān)
Area: 10,072 square kilometers (3,889 square miles)
Location: in the north-central of Jiangsu Province, east China
Administrative Division: 4 districts (Huai’an, Qingjiangpu, Huaiyin, Hongze); 3 counties (Lianshui, Xuyi, Jinhu)
Area Code: 0517
Zip Code: 223000
GDP (2019): CNY 740.09 billion (USD 107.27 billion)
The Hometown of Premier Zhou Enlai
Huai'an is located in the center of northern Jiangsu Province, with the Huaihe River flowing through its domain. It is bounded on the north by Lianyungang, and neighbors Yangzhou and Anhui Province to the south. The fourth largest freshwater lake in China, Hongze Lake, just lies in the west of Huai'an. The time-horned Grand Canal and the modern Beijing-Shanghai Express meet each other in the city.
Huai'an used to be the hub of water transportation and salt transportation in history. Now Huai'an is also the regional transportation hub in the north of the Yangtze River Delta because of its superior geographical location. Huaian is also home to many famous people such as Zhou Enlai, the first premier of the People's Republic of China and Wu Chengen who wrote Journey to the West. Their former residences are well preserved and have transformed into attractions. Lotus Festival held in July in Jinhu County is a great event in Huai’an you cannot miss. In addition to the beautiful bloomy lotus flowers, various snacks also can be enjoyed at that time.
Huai'an Attractions - Things to Do
Tieshansi National Forest Park
Other Scenic Spots: Zhou Enlai Memorial Hall, Zhou Enlai's Former Residence, Zhenhuai Tower
How to get to/around Huai'an
Huai'an Coach Station in Huaihai Road (North) offers buses to Nanjing, Lianyungang and Shanghai every 20 to 30 minutes, respectively taking about 3, 2, and 5 hours.
Hongze Lake is one of the principal freshwater lakes in China, rich in lake products. Transportation around Hongze Lake is convenient. It is 40 minutes' drive from downtown Huai'an, 1.5 hours from Nanjing and 4 hours from Shanghai.
When to Go: Spring and autumn are the best time to the area. Visitors can escape from the winter chillness and summer heat as well as the rainy season.
Huai'an Travel Tips
Dining: Huai'an is one of the birthplaces of the Eight Cuisines in China, Huaiyang Cuisine, a branch of Jiangsu Cuisine. For visitors visiting there, local dishes and snacks are something indispensable to their journey.
History: As early as five or six thousand years ago, people had created their civilization in this region. It had greatly been exploited in its territory before the Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC). During the Sui (581-618) and Tang (618-907) dynasties, the excavation of the Grand Canal and the flourishing of salt industry north of the Huaihe River greatly promoted the economy of this region, and its bloom still continued until the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties
Physical Features: Located in vast plain area, the terrain of the city is plat. Plains constitute the greater part of the city except for the hilly area in southwest Huai'an. It also has large water area including nine rivers and several lakes.
Local Highlights: Jiangsu Xuyi Lobster Festival (around July): a grand festive occasion of Jiangsu Province combining delicacies, culture displays, trade talks, tourist activities and folk performances
Special Local Products: Cha San: a kind of snack usually served at tea time, Typha latifolia (Pu Cai, vegetable)
1. Take a bus from South Bus Station to Nanjing. Then head for Lukou Airport and fly to Zhuhai in 2.5h. After that, you can take a direct shuttle bus to Macau.
2. You may fly to Guangzhou directly within 3h. At Guangzhou Airport, take intercity bus to Zhuhai Gongbei. Then pass the border to enter Macau.