Jiangyan District

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Jiangyan in Taizhou
Jiangyan in Taizhou
Taizhou in Jiangsu
Taizhou in Jiangsu
Coordinates: 32°30′32″N 120°07′41″E / 32.509°N 120.128°E / 32.509; 120.128Coordinates: 32°30′32″N 120°07′41″E / 32.509°N 120.128°E / 32.509; 120.128
CountryPeople's Republic of China
Prefecture-level cityTaizhou
 • Total927.53 km2 (358.12 sq mi)
 • Total728,645
 • Density790/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)
Postal code

Jiangyan District (simplified Chinese: 姜堰区; traditional Chinese: 姜堰區; pinyin: Jiāngyàn Qū) is one of three urban districts of the city of Taizhou, Jiangsu province, having been, until December 2012, a county-level city.[3] Jiangyan is noted for being the birthplace of the former General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Hu Jintao.


Historical neighborhood in Jianyan

Formerly called Taixian or Taihsien (simplified Chinese: 泰县; traditional Chinese: 泰縣; pinyin: Tāi Xīan), Jiangyan was a county by the end of the Western Han Dynasty. It has relics from the Zhou Dynasty and a Buddha statue from the Tang Dynasty. It was a town in the Qing Dynasty

Jiangyan has previously also been called Hailu (海陆), Wuling (吴陵), and Taizhou (泰州). In July 1994, the name was changed to Jiangyan and city status obtained.

The Qintong Boat Festival (溱潼会船) has a long history going back to the Ming Dynasty, and is growing in importance as a tourist destination in eastern China.

The Baima Temple (白马庙, meaning white horse temple) in Jiangyan (now in Taizhou) is the birthplace of the Navy of the People's Liberation Army.

The first Soviet base in northern Jiangsu was founded in Jiangyan by the No. 14 Red Army.

Jiangyan has been working to modernize the district through enhanced education and technology opportunities. Many technologies have been developed in Jiangyan, and more than 70 patents have been registered. Jiangyan has been among the "Top 100 most economically competitive counties in China" since 1995.

In 1990, Jiangyan was awarded the Global 500 Roll of Honor by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for its success in protecting the environment and increasing grain yield through wide use of marsh biogas ponds.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Jiangyan District is divided into 15 towns:[4]


Located in the center of Jiangsu province, Jiangyan is bordered on the east by Hai'an and Dongtai. To the west lie the districts of Hailing and Gaogang. Taixing is to the south and Xinghua to the north.


Modern neighborhood in Jianyan

The Nanjing-Jinjiang-Yancheng Highway runs north-south through the district, and National Highway 328 runs east-west. Water transportation is by the Yangzhou Canal and by the Zhonggan, Jiangyan-Qintong and Jiangyan-Huangqiao rivers.

There is bus service to Jiangyan from Shanghai or Nanjing via National Highway 328 and the Nanjing-Jinjiang-Yancheng Highway.

By road, Shanghai can be reached from Jiangyan in under three hours.

Jiangyan's railway station, located north of the town, has both ordinary trains (K/Z), on long distance routes, and modern, faster D-trains running from Nantong, Hai'an, Taizhou, Yangzhou, and Nanjing. When the Hutong Yangtze River bridge opens around 2020, D-train service will extend through to Shanghai, with a travel time from Jiangyan of about 90 minutes.


Qintong Boat Festival[edit]

Dragon Boat Racing in Qintong Boat Festival

The Qintong Boat Festival is held every year in Qingming, around April 4–6. During the festival, boats from nearby villages and towns converge on Xique lake for a few days of celebration. Theatrical performances, dragon and lion dances, and other folk dances are held on the boats.

A highlight of the festival is the racing of boats using long poles instead of paddles.

The boat festival is an important tourist attraction and attracts foreign investment to the area.

Xique Lake[edit]

Xique Lake is located in Qintong, 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) north of Jiangyan, and makes up part of the Qintong Swamp.


  • Gao Ershi Museum, Jiangyan


There are 233 kindergartens, 280 primary schools, 50 middle schools, and 2 provincial special high schools. Jiangyan High School was named a model high school and promoted to be a provincial high school.

Notable people[edit]

Jiangyan is known for a number of notable people:


  1. ^ Taizhou Statistical Yearbook 2012/《泰州统计年鉴2012》.(in Chinese) Accessed 9 July 2014.
  2. ^ China 2010 Census County-by-county Statistics/《中国2010年人口普查分县资料》.(in Chinese) Accessed 9 July 2014.
  3. ^ 泰州姜堰撤市设区已获国务院和江苏省政府批准. People.com.cn. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-07.
  4. ^ 2011年统计用区划代码和城乡划分代码:姜堰市 (in Chinese). National Bureau of Statistics of the People's Republic of China. Retrieved 2013-01-07.[permanent dead link]

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