located in Jiangsu Province in eastern China, is approximately
120 kilometers from Shanghai. Nantong is a port city well known
for its ship yards where ships are both built and retrofitted or
refurbished for international shipping companies. A mere seven
years ago, visitors to Nantong found it to be a dirty and
underdeveloped city relying on the shipping and textile industries
for survival. Today though, Nantong is a clean, flourishing
and lively, modern city offering both its residents and visitors
every modern convenience that they can imagine or desire. The
transition has been remarkable at the very least.
Basic facts about
Nantong, Jiangsu Province, China:
Nantong lies in the
the north wing of the Changjiang River Delta, covering 8,001 square
kilometers (4,971 sq. miles) with a population of roughly 8 million
people in the area. Nantong's economy has been developing
and the city now ranks in the top 50 cities which have the
strongest comprehensive economic strength and in the top 40 cities
enjoying the most favorable investment environment in China.
Nantong and the Changjiang River Delta boasts a
three-dimension commerce and transportation net consisting of expressways,
railway and an airport which makes its traffic fast and
convenient. Add to that an extensive river system
which allows for barges to traverse in the area, the area is
heavily industrialized. With the completion of the
Sutong Changjiang Bridge, Nantong has been able to into
integrate itself into a one hour accessed metropolitan zone.
With its close proximity to Shanghai, the future may well find
Nantong to be equivalent to a suburb of the more populated Shanghai.
Nantong is one
of China's key tourist cities, featuring the Langshan Scenic Spots
and the Haohe Scenic Spots which are both nationally classified as
Grade AAAA. The enchanting natural scenery and splendid
cultural relics contribute to the unique charm of Nantong, which
attracts many tourists every year.
Nantong is a city famous for her educational facilities which
include a university and medical college (all disciplines), numerous
technical colleges as well as a shipping college. With it's
thriving textile and construction industries, the economy continues
to grow proportionately. Nantong also has an Olympic size and
class stadium which hosts numerous sporting events as well as
cultures functions throughout the year.
Nantong is also
renowned for its kites and is home to the famous Nantong Whistling
Kites which sound like a thousand melodic flutes playing when flown.
Locally called Banyao (Ban-yow), these kites are
extremely large and fashioned from bamboo, gourds, rice leaves and
silk. The sounds of these kits drift across the landscape,
fields and city parks and often are heard before the kite can be
seen. Kite flying is a common hobby in Nantong, and kites with
their "pilots" can be seen year round given the common and varying
winds of Nantong.
While Nantong is modern and has all the modern conveniences -
ranging from large discount department stores to four and five star
hotels and an exceptional public transport system - it still
maintains its unique independence from western civilization.
Despite this, the local Chinese people are always extremely friendly
and helpful despite language and at times, cultural barriers.
There is no fear or distrust of foreigners, though the Chinese pride
of their country and culture will always shine through and prevail.
The local residents - everyone from the top government officials on
down to the poorest of the poor seem to genuinely enjoy and
appreciate interaction with their foreign guests.
Smaller and no doubt friendlier than larger cities in China, Nantong
is certainly The Old Codger's preferred choice here in China.
It is not only a great place to visit for a few days or weeks, it is
also an enjoyable place to live with a small but active ex-pat
community from around the world. For more localized
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