The East China region covers six provinces and one key city: Shandong, Jiangsu, Anhui, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, and Fujian; and Shanghai. Mainly lying on the coast of East China Sea and covering about 30 percent of the China landmass, this region features both rich and poor areas, and ancient and modern towns and districts.
Geography and Popular Areas
East China is primarily covered by plains, along with some hilly terrains and basins. Many of its provinces feature coastal areas.
Shanghai is the region’s main city. Situated about 621 miles southeast of Beijing, it lies in between the provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangsu.
Hangzhou, the capital of the Zhejiang province, is the southernmost city of the Grand Canal, a major East China tourist attraction stretching all the way up towards Beijing and passing through southern Jiangsu. This area of Jiangsu is the site of the water towns of Suzhou, Mudu, and other areas where water gardens dominate. Suzhou is also home to the long Precious Belt Bridge.
Anhui is located west of Zhejiang, Jiangsu, and Shanghai. This agricultural province harbors a number of mountain chains including the Huangshan Mountain (Yellow Mountain), a top mountain attraction near the town of Tunxi.
East China has a generally humid, subtropical, monsoon climate that makes the region hot and wet during summer, then cold during winter, especially up north. The best time to visit East China is during fall and spring.
Dominating in the light, machinery, and electronics industries in the country, East China features an extensive network of roads, railways, waterways, and air traffic.
Shanghai and its surrounding area benefit from the CRH maglev (magnetic levitation) trains. Riding trains is an ideal way to get in between the region’s major cities. Although major highways crisscross the region, foreign travelers won’t be able to rent cars to drive on their own, since tourists are not permitted to drive in China.
As East China features more large cities with international airports than anywhere else in the country, traveling in between provinces and cities are relatively accessible through air transportation. The region has large airports with flights from throughout the region, all over China, and various parts of the world. The following East China destinations have easy access to airports: Shanghai, Nanjing, Jinan, Qingdao, Xuzhuo, Hefei, Hangzhou, Nanchang, Fuzhou, and Xiamen.
The main international gateway to East China is Shanghai. The Shanghai Pudong International Airport is best known in receiving flights from all over Asia. This major Asian aviation hub is the region’s primary international airport located at the eastern edge of Pudong. The other airport in the city is the Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, which is typically busy with domestic flights. It is closer to the main city than Shanghai Pudong International Airport.
East China offers tourists diverse attractions from natural and dreamy landscapes untouched by modernity to thriving cities filled with man-made superstructures.
Tourists wanting to escape the urban jungle can visit the Yangtze River, the Grand Canal, and a number of fine coastlines around East China. Travelers can go hiking, cycling, or windsurfing in Fujian and Zhejiang. These provinces also offer two of the best Chinese shores.
Fujian boasts of a lush interior near the Taiwan Strait. Its two neighboring destinations Gulang Yu Island and Xiamen Island are popular areas for tourists as well. For centuries, the Hakka round houses, another top attraction south of Fujian, have already housed generations of families with its large, fortified structures.
Zhejiang is the prime hub of culture, learning, and commerce in the region. It provides both tourists and locals alike with elegant gardens, elaborate temples, and fine crafts.
The Huangshan Mountain in Anhui welcomes many travelers who want to go hiking and mountain climbing. With its soaring peaks and excellent hiking trails, it is one of China’s most visited mountains.
Tourists wanting to experience what modern China can offer can immerse themselves with the brilliant lights and vibrant jolt of the thriving Shanghai and Nanjing.
With the East China region being acknowledged as the country’s economic powerhouse, Shanghai features a great number of skyscrapers, high tech facilities, modern shopping and dining spots, and world-class transport infrastructure. As a high profile city, this bustling urban area is considered an expensive destination to visit, especially when compared to other nearby places in East China. Nevertheless, with its global influence over business, technology, culture, art, fashion, research, and entertainment, travelers can enjoy the sights of the modern and ever-expanding Pudong skyline, the Oriental Pearl Tower, the light effects in The Bund sightseeing tunnel, The People’s Square, and the Yujuan Tourist Mart.
Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu, is another prominent city known as the second largest commercial center in the East China region, after Shanghai. Tourists in the city can enjoy the sights of the Greenland Square Zifeng Tower, the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge, the Nanjing Museum Compex, the Purple Mountain Observatory, and the Presidential Palace.
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