Nanchang is the capital city of Jiangxi province. It is the political, economic and cultural center of Jiangxi province. The city has long be known as a land of attractive resources, magical power and the birth place of creative minds and gifted talents. With more than two thousand years history and rich cultural heritage Nanchang was regarded as a historical cultural city by Chinese people.
Nanchang is also the city been praised as the rising place of red army flags. It is a renowned revolutionary base in China and the place where “August first Nanchang Uprising” took place. With its long-term history and rich cultural relics there are many attractions in the city, the famous ones are Teng Wang Pavilion, Poyang Lake, Mount Lushan and Mount Jinggangshan, etc.
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Best Season of Nanchang Tour
Nanchang enjoys a subtropical humid monsoon climate. The city features long summer and long winter, short spring and autumn. Summer in Nanchang is hot and winter is cold. Spring and autumn are the best time to visit Nanchang. Spring and autumn are always sunny and dry. The weather is really pleasant during these times. October is the harvest period around the Poyang Lake area, there will be so many good crabs in the market and the crab festival will also be held in the month.
Time Zone: East 8 time zone
Clothes and other Staffs to Pack
The highest temperature is in summer and it can reach 40C or above. Take summer clothes like T-shirt, shorts, skirts, etc. sunglasses and hats will also helpful to prevent the strong sunshine. Winter is cold and the temperature many be -10C. bring some sweaters and down jacket to keep warm. Spring and autumn is cool, long-sleeve and a coat will be fine. An umbrella is necessary in summer due to the rainy weather.
Accommodation of Nanchang Tour
There are many nice hotels in Nanchang could be chosen. Star rating hotels including five stars to three stars are all available in the city. Moreover, budget hotels can also cater the needs of backpackers. They are economic and cozy, too. All the hotels include some budget hotels are completely facilitated and with elegant designation, even you are stay in a small hotel the services will also be great. It is recommended that visitors make reservation in advance in the tourist season.
Traffic: Ways to Get in Nanchang
--Nanchang Changbei International Airport is located in Lehua Town, about 26 kilometers north of the downtown area. It have flights depart to over 20 domestic cites and offers international air routes to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. It will be cozy and fast by plane for your Nanchang tour.
--Nanchang Railway Station was built in 1996. There have trains to Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chongqing, Shenyang and other major cities. On June 9th, the first tourist special train from Nanchang to Tibet is will start operation. Like other trains running on the Roof of the World, the tourist train is prepared with best facilities.
--The road system in Nanchang is fairly good. Travelers can also drive car to the city. National roads No.105 from Beijing to Zhuhai, No.320 from Shanghai to Kunming and No.316 from Fuzhou to Lanzhou intersect here making it very convenient to get in or out of Nanchang City.
Internal Transport: Travelers can get around in Nanchang by the city bus or taxi. There are enough city bus routes in Nanchang. Almost all the attractions within the city can be reached by bus. Bus service operates from 6:00 in the morning to 7:30 in the evening. Most taxis are the Volkswagen Santana model; some others are the Volkswagen Jetta or the Citroen.ZX. They are faster and the price is reasonable.
Nanchang Tour Tips
Time: Better avoid the period from May 1 to May 7 and October 1 to October 7 because there is long national vacation in China, it will be so crowd in Nanchang and also all around the nation, so pick a good time outside that.
Food: Nanchang cuisine is belonging to Gan Cuisine. The flavor of it is crisp and tender, fresh and fragrant with an even balance between salty and spicy. Nanchang cuisine plays a very important role in Chinese food culture. Snacks in Nanchang are something should never miss for tourists. Some best dishes are Nanchang Rice Noodles, Shitou Jie Maua, crisp fried rice crust, spicy hotchpotch, Hongdu Chicken, Homesick Fish and Poyang Lake Silverfish.
Authentic Nanchang Rice Noodle and Shitou Jie Mahua could be found in Ruzi Lu and Fuzhou Lu in the city. Ruzi Road is the most popular food street in Nanchang. Numerous restaurants cater to different budgets and tastes.
Some good restaurants in Nanchang are: Jiachang Fan, 0791 Restaurant, Yijue Shaocai Restaurant, Yutu Restaurant, Hot Pot Rice, Dubi Yutou, Zunpin Steak and Xiangtang Tuji Dian.
Water: Tap water in the hotel could not be drink directly.
·What to buy?
As the capital city of Jiangxi Province, Nanchang offers travellers a good range of shopping. Large and modern shopping departments, featured business streets and famous supermarkets can definitely meet your demands. Famous local products in Nanchang are Jiangxi fans, pottery plate figures, Daqu liquor, Anyi loquat, turtles, Jiangxi pearls, Li Du kaoliang spirits, Li Du writing brushes, as well as Poyang Lake silver fish.
·Where to buy?
If you want to find some souvenirs, local products shops are along those shopping streets: Fuzhou Road, Zhongshan Road, Shengli Road, Minde Road and Bayi Avenue. In addition, there are some old and famous shopping districts in the city, such as Wanshou Palace Street, Women’s Street, and the Insect, Fish, Bird and Flower Markets. Some of these bustling shopping streets are historical attractions themselves for travelers and maintain an old style of design and practice.
--Some shopping malls to recommend:
Pacific Shopping Department (No.177 Zhongshan Lu)
Lihua Shopping Center (No.1 Ruzi Lu, Donghu District)
Fortune Square (No.287 Bayi Dadao)
Metro (North of Bayi Square)
Wal-Mart (North of Bayi Square)
Nanchang Department Store (No.1 Zhongshan Lu, Donghu District)
Xinhong Kelong Shopping Mall (No.358 Bayi Road)
Vantaa Shopping Square (No.1028 Jinggangshan Avenue)
Festivals: Festivals and customs in Nanchang are almost the same with traditional Chinese festivals and customs. Spring Festival, Lantern Festival in January 15 on the lunar calendar, Tomb Sweeping Day, Dragon Boast Festival on the 5th day of the fifth month in Chinese lunar calendar, Mid-Autumn Festival on August 15 in the lunar calendar and Double Nine Festival on the ninth day of the ninth of Chinese lunar month will all be celebrated in Nanchang.
Customs: Nanchang people like teahouse very much. Nanchang's teahouse has thousand years history. Every morning from 08:00 to 12:00 and afternoon from 15:00 until 22:00 at night, they would like to gather in those teahouses to meet friends or chatting. Nanchang people also like fishing at any season. Fishers are easy to be found in rive bank and lakeside. Fishing competitions are usually held there.
Recreation in Nanchang
Nanchang is an open-minded city that welcomes various cultures. It is ancient and also modern enough. You will find traditional performances and entertainment centers mixed with modern nightclubs, saloons, and pubs. When darkness falls, the whole city is dressed by varicolored neon lamps, becoming more charming and enchanting. Traditional performances, modern nightclubs, saloons, KTVs, bar and pubs, you can always find something interesting.
Jiangxi Art Theatre and Nanchang Caicha Theater are good place for traditional shows and performances. If you want to spend your night time in modern way there are some nice bars and coffee houses:
CD Bar (No.65 Zhongshan Lu, Donghu District)
Denver 1857’s Bar (No.403 Minde Lu, Donghu District)
Felix Bar (No.65 Yanjiang Beilu, Donghu District)
May Flower (conjunction of Minde Lu and Supu Lu)
Magritte (No.300 Ruzi Lu, Xihu District)
U.B.C. Coffee (No.111, Supu Lu)
Must-see Attractions of Nanchang Tour
Tengwang Pavilion: It is located on the shore of the Kan in Nanchang city. Together with Yellow Crane Tower, Yueyang Pavilion, this pavilion is one of the three most notable pavilions on south side of the Yangtze River. It also has the reputation of being the 'First Pavilion of Xijiang River' and has been widely admired by visitors from all over the world. Tengwang Pavilion was always a place where learned men gathered to write articles and hold banquets, therefore the display in the pavilion gives prominence to culture. A variety of bass-relief and frescoes demonstrate that men of talent have brought glory to this place. It is a must-see attraction in Nanchang city during your Nanchang tour.
Poyang Lake: It is the largest fresh-water lake in China and is located in the north of Jiangxi province on the southern bank of the Yangtze River. It was named after Poyang Mountain nearby. Poyang Lake attracts numerous visitors with its picturesque scenery and has long done so. With plenty of water and lush grass, Poyang Lake is a favourite destination for bird watching. Every year, a lot of rare birds inhabit the lake area, making the landscape of the Poyang Lake even more delightful and attractive.
Dragon and Tiger Mountain: Dragon and Tiger Mountain (Long Hu Mountain) is the birthplace of China Taoism and can be classified as typical Danxia Landform of relative complete development. It is a nationally famous scenic spot known as a Mountain of Deity and Earthy Paradise. There are three most amazing and attractive points among the numerous natural and cultural scenery, the Taoism culture with a very long history, the beautiful and unique green hills with wandering streams and springs and the mysterious cliff tombs that can not be explained by modern science. Dragon and Tiger Mountain is composed of red sandy conglomerates, which form the typical red Danxi Landform. The best time to visit this mountain is from March to December every year.
August 1st Uprising Museum: It was founded in 1956 to commemorate the Nanchang Uprising led by the Chinese Communist Party on August 1, 1927. The museum was built on the site of the Nanchang Uprising Headquarters, a gray five-storey building, which was once a local hotel but was used as the headquarters of the revolutionary army in 1927. Now the museum holds over one thousand original objects of historical and cultural importance. In addition, a series of photos of Zhou Enlai are also displayed in the showroom on the third floor.
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