Yancheng Travel Guide

Yancheng Travel Guide

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Yancheng Facts

Chinese Name: 盐城 (yán chéng)
Population: 8,261,500
Area: 16,931 square kilometers (6,537 square miles)
Location: in the central coastal area of Jiangsu Province, east China
Administrative Division: 3 districts (Tinghu, Yandu, Dafeng); 5 counties (Sheyang, Funing, Binhai, Xiangshui, Jianhu); 1 county-level city (Dongtai)
Area Code: 0515
Zip Code: 224000
GDP (2019): CNY 570.226 billion (USD 82.653 billion)

A Coastal City with Chinese Largest Tidal Wetland

Yancheng is seated in the central coastal area of Jiangsu Province, facing eastward to the Yellow Sea. It neighbors Yangzhou to the west, Nantong to the south and is bounded on the north by Lianyungang, occupying the largest area among the cities in the province. Yancheng literally means the city of salt, which implicates the developed salt industry in the past. Now, Yancheng also has food, textile and machinery industries and has built several seaports to develop industries close to the port. What is more impressive is the Chinese largest tidal wetland along the 582 kilometers (314 miles) long coastline, breeding a lot of creatures and offering ideal conditions for millions of waterfowls to migrate. Several natural reserves are established to protect the rare and wild animals, especially the red-crowned and elks, and they are open to the public. In addition, visitors can enjoy beautiful lake views in western Yancheng.

Yancheng Attractions - Things to Do

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: Migratory Bird Sanctuaries along the Coast of Yellow Sea-Bohai Gulf, Jiulongkou Nature Reserve, Taishan Temple, Dazong Lake Scenic Area, Yancheng Kuzhi Peony Garden

How to get to Yancheng

Yancheng Nanyang Airport stands in Nanyang Town, Tinghu District, having demestic flights to Beijing, Guangzhou, Chongqing... and international flights to 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.


In the transition area between the south warm temperate zone to the subtropical, the weather of Yancheng 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 visit the city according to their own situations. Actually, spring, summer and autumn are all favorable to visit the area.

Yancheng Travel Tips

 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.

 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)

- Last updated on Sep. 23, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Yancheng Travel
Asked by Aril from Philippines | Sep. 20, 2020 21:37Reply
Bus from Suzhou to Yandu district, Yancheng
Hi! Is there a bus going straight to Yandu district from Suzhou? How long is the travel time? How much is the ticket? And what are the schedule for the bus?

Thanks 😃
Answers (1)
Answered by Landon | Sep. 23, 2020 19:04

Yes, you can take a coach from Suzhou South Coach Station to Yancheng Coach Station.
The ticket fare is CNY 97 per person. It takes around 3.5 hours on the way.
Asked by VIKA from RUSSIA | Apr. 05, 2018 10:57Reply
Hi, how to get to deer nature reserve in Yancheng, Jiangsu?
Can't find buses according information above
Answers (1)
Answered by Liela from USA | Apr. 08, 2018 02:59

You can take the regular bus from Dafeng Bus Station in 1 Xiangfeng Rd, Dafeng District. The buses depart at 7:00, 9:30, 13:30 and 14:30.
Asked by Yong SL from MALAYSIA | Nov. 20, 2017 01:07Reply
Is there public taxi available at Yancheng Nanyang Airport?
Answers (1)
Answered by Nancy from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 20, 2017 19:55

Yes, and don’t worry, many taxis are around. Have a nice trip!
Asked by Daniel from MEXICO | Sep. 07, 2015 18:33Reply
Shuttle Booking
Does anyone know a travel agency or somewhere to book a shuttle for groups of 20 to 40 people in Yancheng?
Answers (1)
Answered by Alan from ICELAND | Sep. 08, 2015 02:34

I know there is Kaosite Car Rental Company, which provides big bus rental service. You can call them for consult: 0515-83072626.
Asked by KH Leow from SINGAPORE | Jan. 25, 2015 20:56Reply
travelling from Nanjing to Yancheng
I will be in NJ next week for a few days.Which is a better way to get from NKG to Yancheng, by flight or train? And how?
Answers (1)
Answered by Tiim from GERMANY | Jan. 26, 2015 00:43

Hey, the two cities are located too close to have a flight.
You can take airport shuttle bus line 1 from NKG to NJ railway station; then take a train to your destination. The bus fare is CNY20; the train ride is about 5 hours and ticket fare is CNY77.5 for a soft seat and CNY50.5 for a hard seat.
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