The cradle of China's revolution, Nanchang is a beautiful, relaxed city with stunning natural attractions on its doorstep. Whether you are a history obsessive or a passionate hiker, you'll find something to adore in the "Heroes City".
In 1927, Nanchang was the site of the first rebellion by China's communists - a momentous event that is commemorated in style, particularly at the HQ of the uprising, which is now a fascinating museum.
Nanchang doesn't lack for historical architecture, including the Tengwang Pavilion, a remarkable 9-floor structure that is probably the city's icon.
Once the world's largest Ferris wheel, the Star of Nanchang is still impressive, soaring 520 feet into the sky and affording wonderful views.
From a base at Nanchang, you can get to unforgettable attractions like Poyang Lake (with its huge bird population) and Jingdezhen, known as the "Porcelain Capital" of China.
It's easy to relax in Nanchang's parks like Badashanren Meihu Lake, with its immaculately composed bamboo, pine, and plum-themed gardens.
The historic Dragon and Tiger Mountain was once known as the 'Mountain of Splendid Clouds.' This is a site where Taoism (Chinese philosophical or religious tradition) is practiced. It is also rich in extraordinary landscapes and home to the Cliff Tombs. Most of these are approximately 160 feet (50 meters) from the bank of the Lu Xi River. The Dragon and Tiger Mountain has become China's most popular intrinsic archaeological museum, mainly due to its abundance of natural vistas.
Famous for its cultural heritage and beautiful scenery, Mt. Lushan National Park is a favorite of local and international visitors alike. It is situated in the southern part of Jiujiang City in Jiangxi Province and strategically positioned to the south of the Yangtze (China's longest river), north of Tengwang Pavilion, east of the Beijing-Kowloon railway, and west of the Poyang Lake, (largest freshwater lake in China). It covers 500 square kilometers and features over 90 scenic mountain peaks. Atop any of these you'll find a rewarding view of distant mountains, lakes, trees and more.
Located on the communal boundary of Hunan and Jiangxi Province, Mt. Jinggang is regarded as a highly significant and historic monument. For those interested in the history of the Chinese revolution, a detailed educational tour is offered. Visitors can climb up to the adjacent Sightseeing Platform, which is also the best viewpoint in the area. There is also a roaring waterfall, called the Five-Dragon-Pond, that is located within easy reach of the Sightseeing Platform. The dragon-like feature behind the curtains of the waterfall is well worth seeing.
Having undergone many geological upheavals, Poyang Lake is, at the moment, China's largest fresh-water lake. Year upon year, Poyang Lake's natural splendor attracts tourists from far and wide. On days when the sun shines bright and the sky is clear, sailing is the most common activity. In fact, rafts can be spotted gliding one after another through the tranquil waters in a dragon-like movement. Birdwatchers will also find the Poyang Lake the best place to discover rare species of birds. The cool ambiance of the lake provides a favorable environment for various species.
Situated south of the Yangtze River, at the convergence of Yichun, Pingxiang, and Ji'an in Jiangxi Province, the Wugong Mountain is among China's greatest natural wonders, famed for the Golden Summit Scenic Area as well as the beautiful Fayunjie alpine meadow. The radiant blue sky and the meadow complement each other perfectly to create a rare beauty that attracts visitors from far and wide. The Wugong Mountain abounds with brooks, rivers, and waterfalls. Savor the alluring loveliness of the sky panorama formed by the ever-present clouds hovering over the mountain.
Spring is the ideal time to visit Nanchang. The trees will be in full bloom, the weather is fine and the city celebrates its Dragon Boat Festival (in early May).
You can fly to Nanchang from almost every major Chinese city. The Airport Express bus will take you into central Nanchang for ¥15. Taxis will cost about ¥80-100.
Trains connect Nanchang to Shanghai, Chengdu, and Beijing (including high speed services from Shanghai).
Those driving from Shanghai can take the G60 straight to Nanchang. From Hong Kong, take the G45 then the G60.
Cheap intercity buses run into Nanchang's main bus station in the Donghu neighborhood.
If you need luxurious accommodation in Nanchang, try the Shangri-La Hotel Nanchang, the Wanda Realm, or the Crowne Plaza Riverside.
Donghu - located on the east bank of the Ganjiang River, Donghu is Nanchang's nightlife and dining hotspot, with popular spots like CD65 and 99 Bar.
Ganjiang - home to the Star of Nanchang Ferris wheel, Ganjiang also features riverside gardens and canals, making it a lovely area to explore on foot.
Xinjiang - Nanchang's largest western suburb, Xinjiang is home to Wanda City Theme Park, the city's premier family attraction.
Buses in Nanchang cost ¥1 for most journeys (¥2 on double decker routes).
Taxis charge ¥6 for the flag drop (around 1.5 miles), followed by ¥3 per mile after that.
Rental companies in Nanchang include Yanghang Zuche and Avis, and you should find packages for ¥45-50 per day.
Bayi Square is Nanchang's retail center, with a cluster of large department stores, while there are also plenty of malls, including Vantaa Shopping Square and Fortune Plaza.
Local supermarkets include Walmart, where 12 eggs will cost about ¥15.
Stir fries dominate Jiangxi cuisine, often with a dizzying selection of ingredients (and plenty of spice). For some of the finest local food, check out the buffet at Feast, the bar restaurant An Xiang JiuFang, or Bistro 100 for a fusion of European and Chinese dishes. Budget around ¥80 per person.