Ji'an Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 吉安市 (jí ān shì)
Area: 25,271 square kilometers (9,757 square miles)
Administrative Division: 2 districts (Jizhou, Qingyuan); 10 counties (Ji'an, Jishui, Xiajiang, Xingan, Yongfeng, Taihe, Suichuan, Wan'an, Anfu, Yongxin); 1 county-level city (Jinggangshan)
Seat of the City Government: 1, Luzhou Dong Lu, Jizhou District
Useful Telephone Numbers: Tourist Complaints: 0796-8239622, 8278288
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
Bank of China Ji'an Branch: 88, Jinggangshan Lu, Jizhou District
China Post Ji'an Branch: 11, Luzhou Dong Lu, Jizhou District
Location: Ji'an City is located in the central-west of Jiangxi Province, neighboring Fuzhou, Ganzhou, Yichun, Xinyu and Pingxiang cities within the province. In the west, it borders Hunan Province. The capital city of Jiangxi, Nanchang is about 219 kilometers (136 miles) from its downtown, Jizhou District.
History: After the Qin (221BC-206BC) unified China, Luling County was established here, and hence its old name Luling. Ji'an was also known as Jizhou since the Sui Dynasty (581-618). In the following hundreds of years, the name of this place was changed between Luling and Jizhou. It was in the year, 1295, of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) that its present name Ji'an was first used.
Physical Features: Ji'an lies in the middle section of the Luoxiao Mountains on the middle reaches of Ganjiang River. Mountainous and hilly regions occupy more than seventy percent of its territory. Plains and hillocks make up a percentage of twenty-three of the city's land area.
Climate: Enjoying a subtropical humid monsoon climate, the city is bleak in winter and spring, hot in summer and dry in autumn. It usually rains in early summer. The annual average temperature maintains around 17.1-18.6℃ (62.8-65.5℉).
When to Go: April to October is favorable period to visit the city, especially in April and May. The hillsides in Jinggangshan City are aflame with azaleas at that time.
Special Local Products: black-bone chicken, kumquat, Gougunao Tea
Mt. Jinggang lies in the middle section of Lingxiao Mountains on the border area of Jiangxi and Hunan provinces. Grand peaks, strange rocks, tall old trees, amazing waterfalls, magnificent cloud sea, flowering azaleas and fascinating limestone caves make the mountain a top scenic area of Ji'an.
Ciping is a beautiful and neat mountain town. It is the seat of Jinggangshan city government and a place boasting the most compact Mt. Jinggang revolutionary sites. Wuzhi (Five Fingers) Peak is a natural park for animals and plants. Pictures of the mountains were printed on the back of 100-yuan note of the fourth edition of RMB. Longtan Scenic Area is 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) from Ciping. Within 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) of the Wushen River, there are five waterfalls falling into five pools.
Climbing up the Bijia Mountain, there are azalea trees growing all over the ridges on two sides. Azalea flowers will be flourishing as the spring turns into summer.
Jinggangshan Airport situated in Taihe County, 30 kilometers (19 miles) from downtown Ji'an and 65 kilometers (40 miles) from Jinggangshan City. At present, it operates flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. Beijing-Kowloon Railway passes the city. Jiangxi-Guangdong, Taihe-Jinggangshan expressways and No. 105 and 319 National Highway make it much easier to access.
Ji'an Railway Station is situated in Qingyuan Lu of Qingyuan District. Jinggangshan Railway Station is in Taihe County. Ji'an Qingyuan Bus Station is located at 408, Qingyuan Lu.