Nantong – A Rich and Charming History


Wolf Mountain

Located in the east of Jiangsu Province, Nantong is ­endowed with very good geographical conditions. It’s about an hour away from Shanghai, reaches the ­Yellow Sea on the east and connects to the Yangtze River in the south, the longest lake in China. Nantong Harbor is one the ten biggest harbors in China and connects to more than 300 international harbors worldwide. Nantong covers 8544 km2, with a large popu­lation of 7 300 000. Enjoying a subtropical and warm temperate monsoon climate, the area has relatively moderate and favorable weather with enough sunshine and abundant rainfall. Its average temperature of a year is about 15°C (59°F). 

More than 5000 years ago, the land that Nantong stands on was formed by alleviation of the Yangtze ­River. Nantong was founded in 956, and at that time it was called Tongzhou. After the Revolution of 1911, the name Tongzhou, which had been used for a thousand years, was changed to Nantong. Nantong was the first place in China to be developed into a modern city after the collapse of the Qing Dynasty, and was also the ­birthplace of China’s modern industry and has remained an important center for the textile industry.

Looking back on thousands of years history, Nantong has grown into a city with diversity, and it is famous for longevity, sports and sea food.

City of longevity 

There is a county named Rugao in Nantong, it is one of the longevity towns in China. Rudong County has the highest proportion of citizens over 100 years old, with 124 people for every million inhabitants. It is said that people in Rugao seldom suffer from cancer, which is mostly thanks to its soil. The appropriate selenium content in the soil provides a good growing environment for crops. As the city with the longest life-expectancy

in China, the average lifespan of Nantong citizens is 80.71 years. In May 2014, Nantong was granted the “City of Longevity” distinction by International Medical Association.   

City of Sports

Since the 1980s, 18 people in Nantong have become world champions, among them seven Olympic champions who obtained the gold medal in the Summer ­Olympic Games 12 times. Chen Qi, for example, was Champion of Men’s Table Tennis in 2004 and 2007, Chen Ruolin won in 2008, 2012 and 2016 the gold medal in platform diving and Champion of Men’s Sabre of 2008 Beijing Olympics became Zhong Man. With Thanks to so many remarkable achievements, Nantong is also known as the “cradle of world champions”.

City of sea foods

Close to the Yellow Sea and the Yangtze River, Nantong has several large fishing harbors, among which Lvsi Fishing Harbor in Qidong County and Yangkou Fishing Harbor in Rudong County are the only two national fishing harbor centers. Yangkou Fishing Harbor covers more than 37 000 000 m2, can accommodate 3000 fishing vessels to unload and replenish fishing gear and life supplies on board. Yangkou Fishing Harbor has very rich sea resources, including more than 50 species of shallow water shells like clam and mud snails. There are over 100 species of fish, of which yellow fish, pomfret and mackerel are the most famous. 

With its long history of a thousand years, Nantong is rich in cultural heritage; visitors can go to the Wolf Mountain scenic spot, the Nantong Museum, and the Haihe River scenic spot to closely experience the ­heartbeat of this old city. Since the Chinese Economic Reform, Nantong’s economy and culture have experienced exceptional development. The city and its ­outlying regions welcome guests from all over the world with open arms. 

Facts and Figures:

Province: Jiangsu
State capital: Nanjing
Habitants: 7 300 000 (2010)
Mayor: Zhang Guohua