Nanchang is the capital of the Jiangxi province in southeastern China. It is most well known as the place where the Nanching Uprising took place in 1927, and subsequently is considered the city where the Peoples Liberation Army - or more accurately, the Communist Party - was born.
The Nanchang Changbei International Airport is the best way to get here; you can fly direct from Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzen, or Haikou (among others). Once at the airport, you can get into the city (26km away) by bus or train. The rail network in Nanchang is extensive; because of its strategic location between east and south China, it is a major rail hub. Most of the major rail lines converge here. In the city, taxis are the most popular way to get around, and are fairly cheap.
There are only a few hostels in Nanchang, and like hostels in the rest of China they might not be what you are used to. Nanchang also has some western chain hotels, but most of the hostels in town have a “hotel feel” to them anyway. Staff at most Chinese hostels are very helpful and can help you arrange transportation and/or tours. Don’t miss Nanchang’s Shengjin Pagoda street, where you can try a variety of local foods at super cheap prices.
Nanchang is located in a strategic spot between the Jiuling Mountains and the Poyang Lake, between East and South China. Archaeologists know that Nanchang was inhabited as long as 50,000 years ago, but it wasn’t until the 1st century BCE that any permanent settlements formed. During the Sui dynasty in the 6th century, Nanchang became a prefecture-level city and by the 12th century AD it was one of the most populous cities in China. The Tengwan Pavilion is a reminder of that era. Today, Nanchang is a heavily industrialised city. You will see a lot of cotton manufacturers and textile mills, as well as heavy machinery like coal and agricultural equipment.
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