Nantong

Nantong (南通; Nántōng) is a city in Jiangsu Province

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Nantong is a major port on the Yangtze River near Shanghai that was historically known for its distinctive textiles. The city has a population of around two million in the core area, more than seven million overall. It is a bit inland of Shanghai, on the North bank of the river.

Nantong has a minor airport (NTG  IATA), which is about 18km from the city center. Nantong airport has only a small number of domestic flights, such as a direct flight once a day from Beijing. Nantong is near Shanghai, so the major method to get in is from Hongqiao Airport or Pudong Airport, and it takes about two hours to drive from Hongqiao to the center of Nantong via expressway.

Several national expressways run through this city. Cars can get in from the North via G15, from the West (such as Nanjing) via G40. Sutong Bridge connects Nantong and Suzhou. From Shanghai, a highway goes to Nantong via the Yangtze River Tunnel and Bridge, crossing Chongming Island.

Taxis are cheap to get around Nantong. Buses ply the main streets however can take a bit long to wade through the local traffic if you are in a hurry to get somewhere quick.

Nantongmap.net is a comprehensive English language web site that provides additional information about transportation in Nantong. Jiangsu.

  • Langshan (“Wolf hill”) – located at the peak of this river-side hill is a Buddhist temple dedicated to a Song dynasty monk, who it is claimed had powers over water demons; the temple is a popular place for sailors who offer prayers for safe passage.
  • The Cao Gong Zhu Memorial Temple commemorates a local hero who defended the city against Japanese pirates in 1557.
  • Nantong Textile Museum. Opened in 1985 as a tribute to the city’s long association with the weaving industries, the museum was the first of its kind in China and boast six exhibition halls as well as courtyards and gardens. 
  • Nantong Museum. Founded in 1905 and located in a traditional Chinese style building, the museum displays all the usual antiquities from stuffed animals and fossils to pieces of calligraphy and pottery. 
  • Nantong Accounting Museum. A museum that looks at accounting and auditing. It has displays of many different abacuses, including one that can calculate with 40 digits. 
  • Nantong Medical College – was founded in the first decade of 20th century. Visit the college at evening; you may see hustle and bustle.
  • Boat Trip Along the Hao He river is a treat in the evening. You can hire an e-boat for a few hundred yuan and it is worthwhile doing it in the evening when the lights come on and the fountains go splashing around 7pm.

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