A Guide to China's Water Towns
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Nanjing, Shanghai and Hangzhou are the main starting points of travel in the region of rivers and lakes in south China. Air, land and water transportation is very convenient in the Changjiang River delta, hence offering advantageous conditions for tourist development in the region.


Jiangsu Province has a total of eight airports, including the Lukou and Nanjing airports in Nanjing, the Changzhou Airport, the Shuofang Airport, the Guangfu Airport in Suzhou, and the Nantong Airport. Regular flights are opened every day to the main cities in China.

Shanghai is the hub for air transportation in coastal areas in southeast China. Every day, many air planes shuttle between the metropolis and the main cities in the country, such as Beijing, Guangzhou, Guilin, and Hong Kong. Also opened are 19 international lines.

Water Transport

Through Jiangsu Province run a section of 391 kilometers of the Changjiang River and that of 685 kilometers of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. There are 2,203 courses for water transport in Jiangsu, forming a network linking up rivers, lakes and the sea. The section from Yangzhou through Suzhou is the best choice for the development of tourism on the ancient Grand Canal in the province.


Hangzhou serves as the center for land transport in Zhejiang Province. The main highways include the Hangzhou-Quzhou, HangzhouAnhui, Hangzhou-Wenzhou, Hangzhou-Ningbo, Hangzhou-Shanghai, and Hangzhou-Nanjing.

Zhejiang Province has over 100 trunk lines totaling 7,000 kilometers, and 1,500 branch lines totaling 14,800 kilometers. The opening of the Shang hai-Nanjing Expressway offers the most convenience for tourists.

In addition, buses connect Jiangsu with 120 cities in its eight neighboring provinces.

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