Yangzhou Travel Guide
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Chinese Name: 扬州 (yáng zhōu)
Total Population: 4.46 million
Urban Population: 500, 000
Total Area: 6, 638 square kilometers
Nationalities: Han, Hui, Manchu, Tujia, Miao and Dong
Zip Code: 321000
Area Code: 0514
Administrative Division: The city consists of three districts (Jiangdu District, Guangling District and Hanjiang District), one county (Baoying County) and two county-level cities (Yizheng City and Gaoyou City).
Location: Yangzhou is situated between north latitude 32 11' - 33 25', east longitude 119 - 120 ; at the confluence of the Yangtze River and the Grand Canal; in the south of Jiangsu Province. It is on the north bank of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, at the southern end of Jianghuai Plain.
Neighboring Areas: Zhejiang, Anhui, Shandong provinces and Shanghai Municipality
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.
Climatic Features: It has subtropical monsoon climate with humid, variable winds; the winters are longer, about 4 months, with summers 3 months, and shorter springs and autumns, 2 months respectively; annual average frost-free period of 222 days and 2177 hours sunshine.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Yangzhou Travel Tips:
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, Xian, 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, Xian, 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.