Yangzhou is located between 119.01 to 119.54 degrees east longitude and 31.56 to 33.25 degrees north latitude and in the confluence of the Yangtze River and the Grand Canal. It is in the south of Jiangsu province, the north bank of lower reaches of the Yangtze River, the south end of Jianghuai Plain.
It covers an area of 6,638 square kilometers.
It has a population of 4.46 million.
Subtropical monsoon climate with humid changeable wind; longer winters for about 4 months, summers 3 months and shorter springs and autumns, 2 months respectively; frost-free period of about 222 days and annual average sunshine of 2176.7 hours. It has an annual mean temperature of 15 degrees Celsius and an annual precipitation of 1030 millimeters.
Yangzhou City Flower
The Qiong, a rare flower, is famous, and exists in Yangzhou only. This flower was inherited from the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD), with the earliest one found in the Houtu Temple of Yangzhou (the present Qiong-flower Temple). It usually blossoms around late April or in the first ten days of May, with a blooming period of approximately two weeks.
Yangzhou has witnessed an industrial system focusing on the machinery, food, textile and chemical industries formed, with numerous products winning top-quality prizes at State, ministerial and provincial levels respectively. In 1997, the total output value of GDP throughout the city was 37.671 billion yuan. The condition of farm production has been further improved, so that the annual added value of agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry and fishery industries was 5.906 billion yuan. The total output of grain was 2.43 million tons, along with 23,300 tons of cotton, 76,800 tons of oil materials and 3,900 tons of silkworm cocoons. The annual added value of industry reached 16.42 billion yuan, the annual output value of light industry was 16.062 billion yuan, that of the heavy industry 24.456 billion yuan and township enterprises 50.518 billion yuan.
What to see
The Yangzhou city, rich in numerous cultural and historical sites and ample tourist resources, is one of the 24 cultural and historical cities first approved by the State Council as an important open and tourist city along the Yangtze River Delta. Yangzhou has a great many cultural relics left by history, with one scenic spot at State level, three key units of cultural relics under State protection, 11 units of cultural relics at provincial level and 133 at city level. In recent years, the local government has restored certain gardens and historical sites including the Twenty-four Bridge Scenic Spot, Running Water Flowing from Stone Cliffs, Granite-Built House, Bright Moon Tower and Rockery Garden. In 1998, it began renovations and improvements on 10 scenic areas and opened them to the public, including the Museum of Han Grave, Tomb of Emperor Yang of the Sui Dynasty (581-618), the Memorial Hall of the Eight Eccentric Artists, Gaomin Temple, Longevity Temple, Puhading Tomb, Heyuan Garden, Geyuan Garden, Lotus-Pond Park and Qiong Flower Temple.