Yangzhou Travel Guide
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Chinese Name: 扬州 (yáng zhōu)
Area: 6,591.21 square kilometers (2,544.88 square miles)
Location: in the central area of Jiangsu Province, east China
Administrative Division: 3 districts (Jiangdu, Guangling, Hanjiang), 1 county (Baoying) and two county-level cities (Yizheng, Gaoyou)
Area Code: 0514
Zip Code: 225000
GDP (2019): CNY 585.008 billion (USD 87.796 billion)
UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy
Yangzhou is situated in the central region of Jiangsu where the Yangtze River and the Beijing - Hangzhou Grand Canal meet. It is close to Yancheng and Taizhou to the east, Nanjing to the southwest, Anhui to the west and Huai’an to the northwest. This is a small quiet city with a long history and was named as City of Gastronomy by UNESCO in 2019. Fine workmanship and fresh ingredients are the two characteristics of Yangzhou cuisine. Famous dishes include Braised Meat Balls in Brown Sauce, Squirrel-Shaped Mandarin Fish, Yangzhou Fried Rice and Wensi Tofu. The local breakfast also offers many choices from Dried Beancurd Threads in Consomme to Three-Dice Buns and Shumai. Many of Yangzhou's specialty snacks and time-honored shops are gathered in Dongguan Street and Dongquan Street.
Yangzhou's charm is more than that as exquisite traditional gardens, beautiful waterscape and numerous historical sites along the Grand Canal also attract many tourists to visit and fall in love with the city. The Slender West Lake just compares favorably with the famous West Lake in Hangzhou. What’s more, Yangzhou will hold the Yangzhou World Horticultural Exposition in 2021 and the World Half Marathon Championship in 2022. Welcome visitors from all over the world!
Yangzhou is without a doubt a top tourist city in China, with fascinating beauty. With a long history of over two thousand years, the city has accumulated numerous culture assets. It also possesses rich tourist resources such as endless water scenes, tastefully landscaped gardens as well as a varied architecture, in both magnificent and simple delicate styles. The most famous attractions include Slender West Lake, Ge Garden, He Garden and Daming Monastery.
Waterways: The city is noted for its waterways, including the Yangtze River, Jinghang Canal, Baoshe River, Datong River, Beichengzi River, Tongyang Canal, Xintongyang Canal, Baima Lake, Baoying Lake, Gaoyou Lake, and Shaobo Lake.
How to get to/around Yangzhou
The city has its own airport, Yangzhou Taizhou Airport, which is located at Dinggou Town, Jiangdu District , 30km away from the city center area. Currently, it seves flights daily to over 10 large cities in China, including Beijing, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Shenyang, Xi'an, Guangzhou, Kunming, Sanya, Harbin and Chengdu. Visitors can also fly into Nanjing Lukou International Airport and then take the daily bus (about 1.5 hours) to get to this city. Traveling by train is an attractive option for visitors entering or leaving the city. Yangzhou Railway Station, located at Wenchang West Road, has direct services to many major cities in China such as Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Hankou. Probably the most important transport facilities in the city are the long-distance buses and expressways. Passengers can easily get wherever they want within the city, as well as neighboring cities, by long-distance bus. As well as the public bus service, sightseeing buses and taxis are also easily accessible in the city.
Major Rail Lines from Yangzhou to:
Average Annual Temperature: 15°C; the hottest month is July with an average temperature of 27.6°C and the coldest is January with average of 1.7°C; overall maximum temperature of 39.8°C and minimum - 19°C
Rainfall: annual average of 1030mm, with the rainy season from the middle of June to late July
When to Go: It's suitable to go to Yangzhou during March and April when the weather is most pleasant.
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Physical Features: The terrain descends gradually from the southwest to southeast, and from the east to northeast; Jinghang Canal flows through its hinterland.
History: The city has a history of 2480 years; since ancient time a leading economic and cultural center and major port for foreign trade and external exchange on the lower reaches of the Yangtze and Huaihe rivers.
Specialised Local Products: Stuffed Animal Toys, Lacquer, Paper-Cuts, Jade Articles, Embroidery, Art & Crafts, Pot Gardening
Foods: Yangzhou Fried Rice, Pickles, Sticky Candy, Ginkgo, Qionghuayu Liquor, Nanshan Green Tea, Baoying Lotus Root Starch, Jiangdu Short Pastry
See more: Huaiyang Cuisine – Food of Yangzhou & Huai’an in South China
Local Highlights: The city is renowned for a number of Chinese folk arts such as Yangzhou opera, Pinghua,Qingqu, puppet-show. These greatly reflect the city’s time-honored culture.
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It only takes around an hour on the way.