The city of Yancheng, literally "Salt City", is named after the salt harvest fields surround the city. It has Huanghai Sea to its east, Nantong and Taizhou to its south, Huai'an and Yangzhou to its west.
It features a special ecologic status in Jiangsu and is endowed with abundant resources. It is the largest city in the province with a land area of 16,931 square kilometers. It also has the longest coastline of 582 km, accounting for 61 percent of the province's total, as well as the broadest coast area, which has a large margin for exploration, and the largest intertidal zone, which, covering an area of 4,553 sq km, occupies for 67 percent of the province's total. Hence, Yancheng is an important land supply and development backup for Jiangsu and even the entire country.
Yancheng administrates Dongtai, a county-level city, three districts of Yandu, Tinghu and Dafeng, five counties of Jianhu, Sheyang, Funing, Binhai and Xiangshui, a Yancheng Economic and Technological Development Zone, and a Yannan High-tech Zone. As of 2018, the city has the second largest population of 8.25 million in Jiangsu province.
The city is the hometown of red-crowned cranes and Milu deer, with two national nature reserves built here on the coastal wetland. The boundless wetland, the crane dancing and the deer singing provide a choice to hide away from noise and back to nature.
Red-crowned cranes rest and play at a mud flat in Yangcheng, Jiangsu province. [Photo/yancheng.gov.cn]
Yancheng's GDP is expected to increase by 5.8 percent year-on-year in 2019, along with fixed asset investment going up by 5.5 percent and the total retail sales of consumer goods up by 8 percent. Taxes and administrative fees were cut by 8 billion yuan ($112.8 million), and the general public budget revenue grew 0.5 percent year-on-year to 38.3 billion yuan.
The per capita disposable income of urban and rural residents reached 38,875 yuan and 22,190 yuan, an increase of 8.3 and 9 percent, respectively. The increase in the consumer price index was controlled at 3.3 percent.
Registered foreign capital actually received was $915 million and foreign trade imports and exports totaled $9.66 billion.
Yancheng Nanyang Airport was included in the provincial aviation network, with an annual passenger throughput of 2.09 million and over 30 domestic and international air lines. The city also opened Jiangsu's only freighter route to South Korea and Japan. The 200,000-ton waterway project in Binhai port area has been pushed forward steadily, and Dafeng port area has newly opened international container direct routes to Busan Port and Saemangeum Port in South Korea.
History & Culture
Yancheng started its 2,100-year-long history since it was founded as a county in Han Dynasty in year 119 BC. In later years, the city was the home of Fan Zhongyan, the 12th century statesman, and Shi Nai'an, the author of the famous novel Water Margin.
Yancheng features a special ecologic status in Jiangsu and is endowed with abundant resources. [Photo/yancheng.gov.cn]