Zhenjiang Travel Guide

Zhenjiang Travel Guide

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Zhenjiang Facts

Chinese Name: 镇江 (zhèn jiāng)
Population: 3,203,500
Area: 3,847 square kilometers (1,485 square miles)
Location: in the southwest of Jiangsu Province, east China
Administrative Division: 3 districts (Jingkou, Jingzhou, Danxi), 3 county-level cities (Danyang, Yangzhong, Jurong)
Area Code: 0511
Zip Code: 212000
GDP (2019): CNY 412.732 billion (USD 59.825 billion)

Key Transport Hub Famous for Producing Vinegar

Zhenjiang City lies on the south bank of the lower Yangtze River, and in the southwest of Jiangsu Province. The city borders on Changzhou to the southeast, Nanjing to the west and faces to Yangzhou and Taizhou across the river. It is an ancient city with a history of 3,000 years and was the capital of Jiangsu Province. Being the only junction of the Yangtze River and the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, Zhenjiang has the third largest port in the Yangtze River Basin. There are also many railways, expressways and national highways to China’s main cities. Zhenjiang is famous for producing the vinegar which has clear color and tastes gentle, fragrant and slightly sweet, a must-try specialty if visiting the city. Zhenjiang also features several famous mountains including Taoist holy land – Maoshan Hill, Jinshan Hill featuring Legend of the White Snake and Jiaoshan Hill with lush trees and carvings.

Maoshan Hill

Located about 40km away from city center, the verdant Maoshan mainly consists of three peaks and boasting magnificent natural sceneries. It is the birthplace of the Shangqing Sect of Taoism, where the highest statue of Lao-tzu is worshipped at present.

Ancient Xijin Ferry Street

The 1,000-meter long Ancient Xijin Ferry Street is located in the west of downtown Zhenjiang. It was left with a number of characteristic historical sites from the Tang, Song, Yuan and Qing dynasties.

This hill is located 5km away to the northeast of city proper, and surround by the Yangtze River. It is only 70.7 meters above the sea level but has the largest forest of stone steles in the south of the Yangtze River.

Other Scenic Spots: Jinshan Hill Park

When to Go

March to June and September to November are the best travel times to visit Zhenjiang. Cherry blossoms in Baotashan Park are in full bloom from March to April. And there will be a large Magnolia Festival in Baohua Mountain and a grand temple fair in Maoshan Hill. In October, Osmanthus Festival in Jiaoshan Park and Zhenjiang Golden Autumn Food Festival will be held one after another, adding a strong festival atmosphere to Zhenjiang.

How to get to/around Zhenjiang

1. There is no airport built in the city, but passengers could use Nanjing Lukou Airport for convenience. Located on Shanghai-Nanjing railway, there are also a number of trains arriving at Zhenjiang Railway Station from Shanghai, Yangzhou, Suzhou and Nanjing. Another major railway station in the city is Zhenjiang South Railway Station. It sits along Beijing-Shanghai high speed railway and has high speed trains to/from Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Ningbo, etc. The four bus stations in downtown Zhenjiang operates frequent buses to get to Shanghai in 2 hours, Nanjing in 1.5 hours and Yangzhou in 45 minutes.
See detailed Zhenjiang Train Schedule, Zhenjiang to Shanghai Train

2. There is an intercity bus line opened between Zhenjiang and Yangzhou, passing by the Slender West Lake, Wenchang Pavilion, Jinshan Hill Park, Xijin Ferry, Beigu Hill Park and Jiao Hill.

3. The taxi fare of Zhenjiang is CNY7 for the first three kilometers and then CNY1.6 per additional kilometer. After 4 kilometers, the fare is CNY2.4 per kilometer.

Zhenjiang is controlled by the subtropical monsoon climate so that it has four distinct seasons. The summer time is muggy due to the hot weather and plenty of rainfall, as well as the winter is chill and humid. Usually, the plum rainy season happens from the middle of June to the July when it is also the hottest time throughout a year.

 When to Go: Spring and Autumn is the best time to pay a visit due to the mild weather.

Zhenjiang Travel Tips

 History: The recorded history of the area could be traced back to 3,000 years ago in the Zhou Dynasty (11th century BC-221BC). In the following thousands of years, this region has been named as Zhufang in the Spring and Autumn Period (770BC-476BC), Guyang in the Warring States Period (476BC-221BC), Dantu in the Qin Dynasty (221BC-207BC), Jingkou in the Three Kingdoms Period (220-280), Runzhou in the Sui Dynasty (581-618) and finally Zhenjiang from the Northern Song Dynasty (1127-1279).

 Local Highlights: the New Year's Greeting Bell-Toll at the Jinshan Temple (the last day of a year in Chinese Lunar Calendar)

 Special Local Product: Zhenjiang vinegar (Zhenjiang Xiang Cu), Danyang sealed jar wine (Danyang Feng Gang Jiu), Jinshan lanterns (Jinshan Deng Cai)

- Last updated on Jun. 10, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Zhenjiang Travel
Asked by HGIANGKUTE9X | Aug. 07, 2019 19:44Reply
How can I get to Wuzhen from Zhenjiang?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jordan from FINLAND | Aug. 11, 2019 18:38

There is no direct public transportation between these two places.
You need to take a bullet train from Zhenjiang to Tongxiang Railway Station first. After arriving, you can find direct coaches that can take you to Wuzhen.
Asked by Maryam from CHINA | Apr. 25, 2018 22:05Reply
Hi. I want go from Zhenjiang to Dafeng City in Jiangsu Province.
I searched and There is no direct train to there. Can I go with bus? and how long does it take. Thank you so much.
Answers (1)
Answered by Anron from CANADA | Apr. 26, 2018 19:58

Yes, you can take a bus from ZJ Bus Station to Dafeng, and the duration is about 3h, the fare is CNY 86 per person.
Asked by Sally Yap from MALAYSIA | Mar. 09, 2017 05:50Reply
How long does it take to go to Yangzhou from Zhenjiang by taxi and by bus?
And the costs? Many thanks.
Answers (1)
Answered by Aaron from CANADA | Mar. 09, 2017 19:57

Well, I'm afraid that taking a taxi from there to Yangzhou is not an economical way because of the long-distance. For your convenience, you can take a direct coach from Nanxu Bus Station and arrive at Yangzhou. The bus schedules are from 06:35 to 21:50. The ticket fare is CNY 18/30 per person. It takes around an hour on the way.
Asked by Ben from NIGERIA | Dec. 09, 2016 21:34Reply
Is there H&M in Zhenjiang? if yes, how can i get there from Jiangsu University?
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Answered by Sally from NEW ZEALAND | Dec. 12, 2016 02:24

Yes! You can go to H&M store in Suning Plaza at No. 194, East Zhongshan Road. Take bus line 3, 5, 16, 22, 23, 33, 34, 35, 105, or 218 to Dashikou East Station, and walk north for about 100 yards to it. :)
Answered by Ben from NIGERIA | Dec. 12, 2016 04:32

Thanks sally, do you also study this university?
Answered by Sally | Dec. 12, 2016 18:56

No, I stayed at this city before.
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