Nantong Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 南通 (nán tōng)
Area: 8,544square kilometers (3,299 square miles)
Location: in the southeast of Jiangsu Province, east China
Administrative Division: 3 districts (Chongchuan, Gangzha, Tongzhou); 1 county (Rudong); 4 county-level cities (Haimen, Qidong, Tongzhou, Rugao)
Area Code: 0513
Zip Code: 226000
GDP (2019): CNY 938.34 billion (USD 136.01 billion)
One of China’s Four Largest Kite Producing Areas
Standing on the Yangtze River Delta, Nantong is located in the southeast of Jiangsu Province. The ports of China's coastal area can be reached through its estuary to the sea. Proceeding northward along the Yangtze River, the city can connect the thoroughfares with cities in Jiangsu, Anhui, Hubei, Hunan and Sichuan provinces.
Nantong is one of the four largest kite producing areas in China, famous for producing kites with unique sound effects. Nantong kites are simple in shape, richly and elegantly painted and decorated with whistles. After flying, the kite will make a big and beautiful sound, as if playing an air symphony. Nantong Kite Museum allows tourists to see exquisite kite collections at close range, understand kite culture and make kites by themselves.
Nantong plays an important role in the history of modern Chinese culture, science and education, because it established many schools firstly during the Republic of China era, such as the normal school, textile school and meteorological station. Hao River and Langshan National Forest Park are two main scenic spots in urban Nantong.
Nantong Attractions - Things to Do
The Hao River was once an ancient moat encircling Nantong City in the year of 958. With over a thousand years' history, the river is one of the four existent ancient moats in China. Along the Hao River, there are Tianning Temple, Nantong Museum and many squares, parks along with altogether 28 bridges and various species of old trees.
Langshan Scenic Area
It is located in mountain area reputed as one of the six famous scenic areas in Jiangsu Province. It consists of five hills and boasting total 43 ancient buildings, 23 stone inscriptions, 13 caves and some springs, ponds, ancient paths.
|Admission Fee||CNY 50 (November 1 to January 31, June 1 to August 31) |
CNY 70 (February 1 to May 31, September 1 to October 31)
|Opening Hours||06:00 to 17:00|
|Transportation||take bus no. 5, 86 or 88 and get off at Langshan Station|
How to get to/around Nantong
Nantong Xingdong Airport is about 18 kilometers (11 miles) northeast of downtown operating flights to Guangzhou, Beijing, Xiamen, Shenzhen, Dalian, Chengdu and many other cities. The construction of Su-Tong Yangtze River Bridge better facilitates the passenger transportation in and out of the area.
When to Go: Spring is the most favorable season to pay a visit, for the weather is neither hot nor cold. The water, garden and mountain landscape make the city in spring the most charming.
Nantong Travel Tips
Dining: Delicious food is ever indispensable to journeys. Qingnian Zhong Road is perfect destination to eat delicacies. It is a street collecting various foods, such as Guangdong (Cantonese) cuisine and Sichuan cuisine, as well as tea bars and eateries.
Physical Features: Nantong City is on the north bank of the Yangtze River, neighboring north Jiangsu Plain and separated from Shanghai by the Yangtze River. It is a fine port and the hinge of coastal transportation in Jiangsu's coastal area.
History: This area was formed by the deposition of Yangtze River sediment in remote ages. In the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD), it was a famous town prosperous in salt producing. It was in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) that Nantong began to be linked with the mainland of China. Before that period it was called Douzhou, an islet. From then on, it was well-known for its location leading everywhere.
Special Local Products: marine products, embroidery, blue printed cloth (blue cloth with design in white)
As for tours, I just joined one to Suzhou. It was great! Oh, they can also book you the tickets to those cities. Here is the e-mail address: traveltravelchinaguide.com
So I think there may not be enough time for you to catch the returning bus. You may stay overnight, hotels like Jingyi Shanzhuang Hotel and Xixiashan Jumuwu Hotel are good. Both are inside the park.