Jiangsu is located in the eastern coastal center of China, with the Yellow Sea in the east, and bordering Shanghai, Zhejiang, Anhui and Shandong provinces. The Yangtze River Delta city group, which is composed of Jiangsu, Shanghai and Zhejiang, has become one of the 6 largest international city groups in the world.
Since ancient times, Jiangsu has been prosperous in economy, education and culture, which endows it with rich tourism resources. Natural landscape and cultural heritage blend with each other. There are ancient water towns, famous temples, classical gardens, world-renowned silk, scenic lakes and mountains, emperors' mausoleums and capital sites... A trip to Jiangsu will offer you a different and memorable travel experience!
144-hour Visa-free travel: From Jan. 30, 2016, qualified travelers of 51 countries could travel among Shanghai, Jiangsu Province (Suzhou included) and Zhejiang Province (Hangzhou included) for 144 hours (6 days) without visa. Learn more about 144 Hours China Visa Free Transit >>
Jiangsu consists of 13 cities, many of which are attracting tourists from home and abroad with their own charm. You can admire the profound history and culture of ancient capital for 6 dynasties in Nanjing; appreciate elegant gardens, graceful silk and beautiful water towns in Suzhou; meet the largest bronze Buddha and romantic scenery of Taihu Lake in Wuxi; pay a visit to the Canal Capital of the World and representative city on The Maritime Silk Road - Yangzhou and have fun in the dinosaur-themed entertainment park in Changzhou, etc. Learn more about Main Destinations in Jiangsu >>
Jiangsu is rich in tourism resources with beautiful scenery, appealing culture, and many things to do. Classical gardens such as Humble Administrator’s Garden and Lingering Garden will give you a glimpse of what traditional Chinese gardens are like; spending a leisure afternoon in beautiful Zhouzhuang or Tongli will bring refreshment to both mind and body; a visit to Nanjing Museum is a recommended way to know more about Jiangsu’s past and present… You can also enjoy a part of the melodious Kunqu Opera, take a boat trip on the canal, climb up to Niushoushan, and indulge yourself in Yuantouzhu in your Jiangsu tour. For more attraction & things to do in Jiangsu, please check Top Things to Do in Jiangsu | Top Jiangsu Tourist Attractions.
The largest and most famous Suzhou garden, listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and is the most classis private garden in China.
Lingering Garden is a UNESCO-recognized Chinese Classical Garden with delicate designed architecture, featured shaped stones and idyllic scenery.
Established for near 100 years, Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory is the best place to see the real process of making Suzhou silk items from silkworms to the delicate silk products.
An important part of Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, and cruise on the Grand Canal is definitely a unique experience to see the water scene of Suzhou.
Zhouzhuang is the "No. 1 Water Town in China" of nearly 1000 years old and a great place to see old buildings and picturesque waterscape on the boat.
Tongli of over 1,000 years old is a featured Jiangnan water town with ancient residences, old streets, stone bridges, anthentic folk customs, etc.
Kunqu of over 600 years old from Suzhou is reputed as the "mother of Chinese operas" and the "World Intangibel Heritage" with elegant singing and graceful performance.
Lingshan Grand Buddha is one of the symbols of Wuxi featuring the tallest bronze Shakyamuni Buddha in the world standing majestically at 88 meters tall.
Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum (Zhongshan Ling), designed in the shape of an alarm bell, is the mausoleum for Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the “Father of Modern China”.
It records the most painful memory of Nanjing people. The site now is an influential museum to educate people not to forget the pain of war, and call for the forever peace for mankind.
Nanjing Museum is one of the three major museums in China with 432,768 pieces (sets) of various collections. Here you can meet the essence of Nanjing in its thousands of years' history
Niushoushan is a cultural park themed in Buddhist culture. The world’s only parietal relic of Buddha (the skull bone of Shakyamuni) is enshrined in the palace.
Yuantouzhu (Turtle Head Island) is a must-see in Wuxi especially in spring. There is a famous saying “The superb view of the Taihu Lake lies in the Turtle Head Island”.
Slender West Lake is the No. 1 attraction of Yangzhou as well as one of the most beautiful lakes in China. It is an important part of UNESCO World Heritage Site - Jinghang Grand Canal.
Jiangsu is in a transitional zone from temperate climate to subtropical climate, with moderate rainfall and four distinct seasons. Divided by Huaihe River and North Jiangsu irrigation canal, Jiangsu enjoys a warm temperate zone humid and semi-humid monsoon climate in the north (Xuzhou, Suqian, Lianyungang…) and subtropical humid monsoon climate in the south (Nanjing, Suzhou, Wuxi, Yangzhou, Changzhou…).
The average temperature in Jiangsu is 13-16 ℃. The coldest month is January with an average temperature of - 1.0 ~ 3.3 ℃. July or August is the hottest month with an average temperature of 26 ~ 28.8 ℃. The annual rainfall is about 704～1250 mm and most of it concentrates in June and July. Nanjing is one of the hottest cities in China and indoors activities are more recommended in summer. In winter, there are chances to see beautiful snowscape but it is also very cold, so you need to dress accordingly. In terms of weather and natural scenery, the best time to visit Jiangsu is in warm spring (March - May) and cool autumn (September - November).
Best Places to Visit in Spring: Suzhou, Nanjing, Wuxi, Yangzhou, Changzhou, etc.
Best Places to Visit in Summer: Suzhou, Wuxi, Yangzhou, etc.
Best Places to Visit in Autumn: Suzhou, Nanjing, Wuxi, Yangzhou, Changzhou, etc.
Best Places to Visit in Winter: Nanjing, Suzhou, Yangzhou, etc.
There are 10 international airports in Jiangsu in Nanjing, Wuxi, Changzhou, Xuzhou, Lianyungang, etc. Most international airlines are connected with Asian cities like Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Seoul in Korea, Osaka and Nagoya in Japan, etc. For more flexible flight schedules, you can take an international flight to cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou first and then transfer to Jiangsu.
Flights to Nanjing: Nanjing Lukou International Airport (南京禄口国际机场) has flights from Beijing (2h), Guangzhou (2h15min), Chengdu (2.5h), Xian (2h), Guilin (2h), Kunming (2h40min), Chongqing (2h)...
Flights to Suzhou and Wuxi: Sunan Shuofang International Airport (苏南硕放国际机场) is near to Suzhou and Wuxi. It has flights from Beijing (2.5 hrs), Xian (2 hrs), Chengdu (2.5 hrs), Chongqing (2 hrs), Guangzhou (2.5 hrs), Shenzhen (2.5 hrs), Kunming (3 hrs)...
Currently there are frequent high speed trains to Nanjing, Suzhou, Wuxi, Yangzhou, Changzhou... from most cities in China. Nanjing and Suzhou are two major gateways to Jiangsu and most travelers start their Jiangsu tour from there.
Trains to Nanjing: You can take high speed trains to Nanjing from Beijing (about 3-5h), Shanghai (about 1-2.5h), Hangzhou (about 1.5-5.5h), Suzhou (about 45min-2.5h), Huangshan (3-4h), Wuhan (2.5-3.5h), etc.
Trains to Suzhou: You can take high speed trains to Suzhou from Shanghai (about 0.5h), Hangzhou (1.5~2.5h), Nanjing (1~1.5h), Wuxi (20min), Changzhou (25~50min), Wuhan (4~4.5h), etc.
It is recommended to use high speed trains when you travel between destinations within Jiangsu province such as Nanjing, Suzhou, Wuxi, Yangzhou, Changzhou, etc. They are not far away and it only needs 1-2 hours or less time to travel between them.
To get rid of hustle and bustle of public transportation and time-consuming tickets booking, it is strongly recommended to travel Jiangsu with us which not only includes tour guide, hotels, meals, attractions, etc., but also takes care of all the transfers during your trip, from airport/train station pick up, high speed train, flights to private vehicle and your own driver, so that you can focus all your time and energy on enjoying magnificent culture and beautiful landscape of Jiangsu.
Jiangsu Province is prosperous place with rapid economic development and good tourism facilities, so from star hotels to ordinary ones, all kinds of hotels of different grades and brands are available. It is easy to find one that is well located and equipped with complete facilities. The capital city Nanjing and popular Suzhou provide the highest-end hotels with many international luxury hotel brands and domestic luxury hotel brands offering suites, deluxe rooms, standard rooms, etc. Other cities like Wuxi, Yangzhou, Changzhou, etc. mainly offer Chinese hotels, several international hotels and valuable 3-star, 4-star and 5 star hotels.
As for hotels areas, we suggest you choose those not too far from city center, business districts and transportation stations. If you are independent travellers, you are suggested to stay close to train stations, shopping streets, major attractions so that you find public transportation, food and shops easily. If you prefer a worry-free tour operated by travel agencies like China Discovery, you can accommodate around the commercial center, or stay away from the crowds. Your travel agencies will find a well-located and well-equipped hotel for you.
To help you learn more about Jiangsu’s location, transportation, attractions and plan your Jiangsu trip easily, here we have collected some useful Jiangsu maps including Jiangsu China Map, Jiangsu Yangtze River Delta Map, Jiangsu Travel Map and more maps of Nanjng, Suzhou, Wuxi, etc. more Jiangsu maps >>.
China is vast and diverse. You can choose your favorite destinations among more than 70 tourist destinations and regions, like Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu, etc. Following are 8 popular destinations you may get interested in. Check all destinations in China.
Chinese Name: 江苏
Chinese Pinyin: jiāng sū
English IPA: /ˈdʒyɑŋˈsü/
Population: 80.7 million
Language: Jiangsu Dialect & Mandarin
Climate: Transitional climate from temperate zone to subtropical zone
Area: 107,200 Square Kilometers
Rivers: Yangtze River, Huai River...
Lakes: Taihu Lake, Hongze Lake, Gaoyou Lake...
Time Zone: (UTC+8)
It usually needs at least 5 days to cover the main cities in Jiangsu. You can spend 1~2 days indulging yourself in the beautiful Suzhou city to appreciate exquisite gardens, meet mysterious Suzhou silk, wander along the ancient streets, and take a boat trip in water towns. Then travel to Nanjing for a 2-day history and culture exploration in Zhongshan Ling, Ancient City Wall and Nanjing Museum. After that, spend a leisure day admiring the superb scene of Taihu Lake and Lingshan Grand Bauddha in Wuxi. You can also add a day to the Slender West Lake in Yangzhou or Tianning Temple in Changzhou.
If you have more time, it is strongly recommended to extend your Jiangsu tour to surrounding cities such as Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Huangshan or to more popular destinations like Beijing, Xian and Guilin to discover the diverse beauty of China.
Suzhou / Tongli Water Town
Suzhou / Wuxi / Nanjing