Top Jiangsu Destinations - Places to Visit in Jiangsu 2024

Jiangsu in the eastern part of China is a charming province that will provide you with unforgettable travel experience with the diverse culture, elegantly-designed gardens, exiquisite silk, breathtaking lake scenery, and ancient water towns. There are four popular cities - Suzhou, Nanjing, Wuxi, and Yangzhou, and many some other popular destinations to explore.

Suzhou is a paradise city to indulge yourself in the exquisite gardens, meet mysterious Suzhou silk, wander along the ancient streets, and take a boat trip in water towns. Nanjing is a place you will not regret to go with the profound history and culture of Zhongshan Ling, Ancient City Wall and Nanjing Museum. If you travel Jiangsu in spring, do not miss the beautiful cherry blossoms in Yuantouzhu in Wuxi. The Slender West Lake in Yangzhou or Tianning Temple in Changzhou are also worthwhile to add to your Jiangsu itinerary if time permits.

Jiangsu Destinations - Jiangsu Places to Visit

Top Places to Visit in Jiangsu Province (Click to Enlarge)

Places to Visit in Jiangsu

No.1: Suzhou - City of Silk & Gardens

Location: in the south of Jiangsu Province

Recommended Length of Visit: 2 days

Recommended attractions to visit: Humble Administrator’s Garden, Lingering Garden, Zhouzhuang Water Town, Suzhou No. 1 Silk Factory, etc.

Suzhou has always been a shining star in the history of Jiangsu and even China. With a history of nearly 2500 years, Suzhou is known as "paradise on earth". It is one of the first batch of national historical and cultural cities in China and the first "World Heritage Model City" in the world. The representative of Chinese private gardens - the classical gardens in Suzhou and the Suzhou section of the Grand Canal, are listed as world cultural heritage by UNESCO. The magical and soft Suzhou silk has always been a star product for thousands of years. If you want to get close to the daily life of local people, nearby watertowns such as Zhouzhuang, Tongli and Luzhi are good places to spend a leisure day.

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Places to Visit in Jiangsu

No.2: Nanjing - Ancient Capital of 6 Dynasties

Location: in the middle of Jiangsu Province

Recommended Length of Visit: 1-2 days

Recommended attractions to visit: Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, Nanjing City Wall, Confucius Temple, Nanjing Museum, Niushoushan, etc.

Nanjing, the provincial city of Jiangsu and an old capital of 6 dynasties, holds a significant status in the long history of China. It has been through many ups and downs in the past thousands of years. It is like every brick you step on, every street you pass by is telling its story to you.

Numerous historical heritages that have been preserved very well, authentic Chinese cultures of various forms, the abundance of greenery and blossoms that can be enjoyed in every season, one of China’s best museum collections… Nanjing is a destination full of hidden gems and you will fall in love with it spending a couple of days here.

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No.3: Wuxi - Largest Bronze Buddha & Best Spring Scenery

Location: in the south of Jiangsu province

Recommended Length of Visit: 1-2 days

Recommended attractions to visit: Lingshan Grand Buddha, Yuantouzhu, Huishan Ancient Town, Jichang Garden, etc.

Adjacent to the Yangtze River in the north and Taihu Lake in the south, Wuxi is known as the "Pearl of Taihu Lake". It is approximately half way between Shanghai and Nanjing, and is only 50 km away from Suzhou. Therefore, Wuxi is a popular destination for travelers to travel with Shanghai and nearby cities.

Wuxi itself has been a land of fish and rice since ancient times and now a national historical and cultural city. In Wuxi, you can meet the largest bronze Buddha in the world, find the most romantic scenery covered by cherry blossoms, appreciate 118 ancient ancestral halls in Huishan Ancient Town and dream back to the Three Kingdoms period about 2000 years ago.

☛ 2 Days Wuxi Highlights Tour
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Places to Visit in Jiangsu

No.4: Yangzhou - World Heritage City with Slender West Lake

Location: in the middle of Jiangsu province

Recommended Length of Visit: 1-2 days

Recommended attractions to visit: Slender West Lake, Ge Garden, Daming Temple, etc.

Yangzhou, a national historical and cultural city, is at the intersection of the Yangtze River and the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. Due to its special location, Yangzhou experienced the prosperity of generation after generation in ancient China.

Yangzhou now is a scenic tourism city with traditional characteristics. It is also a World Heritage City, World Food City, World Canal City, and East Asian Cultural City. The gentle breeze along Slender West Lake, beautiful moonlight on clear nights, light rain in spring and typical Jiangsu gourmet all attract tourists to this little graceful city in Jiangsu. Guangling district, the center of Yangzhou, is where many snack streets and classic scenic spots gather.

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Places to Visit in Jiangsu

No.5: Changzhou - Ancient Cultural Sites & Exciting Entertainment Park

Location: in the south of Jiangsu Province

Recommended Length of Visit: 1 day

Recommended attractions to visit: Tianning Temple, China Dinosaur Park, etc.

Changzhou is an ancient city with a history of more than 3200 years. Together with Suzhou and Wuxi, it forms the Suzhou Wuxi Changzhou metropolitan area. There are many places to savor the time-honored culture and have fun with kids.

The Yancheng Site in the south of Changzhou is the most complete ancient city in the Spring and Autumn Period (770 B.C. - 476 B. C.) in China. The unique structure complete with three cities and three rivers is praised as the "miracle of the world". In the east of the city, there is Tianning Temple, Hongmei Pavilion, Wenbi Pagoda, etc. If you are traveling with kids, don’t miss the exciting China Dinosaur Park.

Places to Visit in Jiangsu

No.6: Other Destinations in Jiangsu Province

Besides the above five hot destinations, there are some other places worth exploring in Jiangsu. Lianyungang is a beautiful port city with the legendary Huaguo Mountain in The Journey to the West. Xuzhou, the largest city in northern Jiangsu, is a unique and excellent travel destination combining the strength of the north and the beauty of the south. Taizhou, a national historical and cultural city, has cultivated many outstanding litterateurs and is endowed with many parks, lakes, and temples. Zhenjiang, a low-key city in southwestern Jiangsu with a history of 3000 years, integrates the delicacy of Jiangnan and the classical grace of historical city.

The diverse Jiangsu is waiting for you to explore!

How to Plan Your Jiangsu Tour

Top Places to Visit in Jiangsu: Suzhou, Nanjing, Wuxi, Yangzhou…

Best Time to Visit Jiangsu: April ~ May & September ~ November for most places

How to Get to Jiangsu: Take a high speed train to Suzhou, Nanjing or Wuxi, or take a flight to Nanjing and Wuxi.

A classic Jiangsu tours covering Suzhou, Nanjing and Wuxi needs 5~6 days.

Exploring the highlights of Suzhou takes at least 2 days and you are advised to visit Tiger Hill which records Suzhou's history, Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory where the traditional silk-making process are exhibited and at least one garden (Humble Administrator's Garden and Lingering Garden are top recommended). With more time, don't miss a canalside old town, like Tongli, Zhouzhuang, Luzhi, etc. 2~3 days are needed to explore the culture and nature of Nanjing. You can pay a visit to Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum (the tomb of Dr. Sun Yat-sen), take a walk in Confucius Temple Area along the Qinhuai River, climb up the Ancient City Wall, and know a part of heavy history... Besides, we suggest spending 1 ~ 2 days exploring the beauty of Wuxi, namely Lingshan Grand Buddha - an 88-meter-bronze Buddha statue and Yuantouzhu with Wuxi's best scenic beauty. Other worth-visiting attractions include Huishan Old Town, Jichang Garden, Plum Garden, etc.

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If you have more days, you can expand your Jiangsu trip to Shanghai - modernest metropolis in China, Hangzhou - home to picturesque West Lake, and Huangshan - magnificent Yellow Mountain and Hui-style ancient villages. Or you can contact us to customize a trip according to your own itinerary and interests. Just tell us your needs and we will take care of everything, you just need to focus on sightseeing!

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