Yancheng. Largest Jiangsu boasts weddings, tulips and deer

Yancheng.  Largest Jiangsu boasts weddings, tulips and deer

Yancheng is famous for its salt, and its name in Chinese literally means “salt city.” Here, humans carved saltworks and timber more than 2,100 years ago when mudflats formed along the coast.

Yancheng occupies nearly half of Jiangsu’s coast along the East China Sea and is the largest city jurisdiction in the province, with an area of ​​about 16,920 square kilometers, 5,500 square kilometers larger than its nearest competitor, Xuzhou. To compare this to the USA, Yancheng is larger than Connecticut but smaller than New Jersey.

And she’s only getting bigger. Due to the huge amounts of sediment dumped by the Yangtze River as it enters the East China Sea, Yancheng finds itself with an additional 10 square kilometers of new land each year.

Some of this expansion has also been put to good use, particularly in the Tiaozeni wetland which is the main stopover for migratory birds. Yancheng City, in cooperation with biodiversity conservation organizations, has formed a designated bird stop on 48 hectares of wetland. The site was included on the World Heritage List in 2019.

Yancheng is also home to Dafeng Milu National Nature Reserve. An unusual species of deer, the milo can be found in dozens of countries around the world, but the Yancheng Reserve is its main habitat, with a population of about 3,000, 40 percent of the global total. The extinct reserve in the wild is also the only place virtually untouched by human hands where free-ranging Milo can be found.

As with most other reserves, Dafeng Milu Nature Reserve also protects other species; Nearly 300 other species of animals live on these coastal lands. The total reserve consists of 807,000 hectares of uncontaminated coastal mudflats. But this term is misleading. Quiet creeks and deserted beaches are complemented by deep forests, green grasses and colorful flowers.

Plants continue elsewhere in Yancheng. In 2021, the city welcomed 37.63 million tourists, many of whom were heading to the Dutch Sea of ​​Flowers. Since its opening in May 2012, the park has built a 200-hectare scenic area, and planted nearly 300 types of tulips for more than 30 million plants overall.

As a result, the area is home to the Huahai International School of Floral Arts in the Netherlands, and is the most popular choice for local wedding photography.

A replica of Amsterdam railway station means that the Dutch Sea of ​​Flowers is also the largest integrated base for wedding films and television in eastern China. According to statistics, 7 to 8 thousand couples are registered for marriage every year in Dafeng District of Yancheng.

With such a long coastline, it is inevitable that Yancheng’s economy will depend on the sea. Fishing has been a staple for locals throughout the ages, while today Yancheng Dafeng Port Area, Binhai Port Area, Xiangyin Port Area and Xiangshui Port provide ocean connectivity to other places in China and beyond.

Land transportation investments have further boosted the local economy, particularly through Dongfeng Yueda Kia, the joint venture between the multinational automobile giant, Kia Motors, and a local company, Yueda Corporation. Founded in 2002, the plant has the capacity to produce 400,000 cars annually.

From a public transportation perspective, Yancheng is served by an express bus system that carries over 30,000 passengers daily. It was also recently completed with the SRT (Super Rapid Transit) line, which is part bus, part tram and a 4-car LiDAR-guided articulated vehicle, capable of carrying 320 passengers.

Yancheng City is located 2 hours away by high-speed train from Nanjing and Shanghai. The city is also served by Yancheng Nanyang International Airport.

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