Jiangsu is one of the most attractive tourism destinations in Asia and located on a 500-mile (900 km) stretch of the Yellow Sea on China’s east coast. You can “taste” all of the best that China has to offer in the province, from Ming Dynasty walls and tombs to the delicate and fresh Huaiyang cuisine. Jiangsu is home to the mighty Yangtze River; China’s ancient engineering Wonder of the World in the Grand Canal; the World Heritage Listed Chinese classical gardens of Suzhou; the famous Confucius Temple and Mausoleum of Sun Yat-sen in Nanjing; and it’s the best place to see the unique living water villages of the Yangtze River delta. The many hidden treasures of Jiangsu include the Terracotta warriors of Xuzhou; the former residence of Nobel prize-winning American author, Pearl Buck; and endangered species of birds and animals.
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Nanjing is situated in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and is the central city of the lower Yangtze Basin. It is a renowned historical and cultural city and was the capital of several dynasties over the course of Chinese history.
Suzhou is famed for its beautiful gardens and traditional waterside architecture. The Classical Gardens of Suzhou were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997.
In its many beautiful gardens and courtyard parks, Suzhou's ancient heritage has been preserved. This ambitious city, however, is not going to trade upon its past in order to meet the future. A wander off the beaten path and into some of the old neighborhoods can be quite a treat, but their seediness and crowded conditions provide a stark contrast to the endless billboards at the edge of the city advertising Orange County like suburban developments. Suzhou is a bustling city, though you can still see traces of a very old lifestyle centered around the canals.