Cities in Jiangxi
The Chinese province of Jiangxi is home to around 45 million people in an area over half the size of New Zealand. While the number of people that call Jiangxi home is staggering compared to what we’re used to in New Zealand, Jiangxi is known for its beautiful rural landscapes and stunning scenery. Jiangxi is also home to several major cities, each with its own charm and storied history.
Fuzhou | 撫州
Population 3.7 million
The city of Fuzhou (not to be confused with the city of the same name in Fujian Province) has its own dialect, known as Timtonese. Due to the amount of fruit the area produces, Fuzhou is known as the “Barn of Jiangxi”.
Ganzhou | 赣州
Population 8.3 million
The largest city in the province, Ganzhou is located in the south. More than 70% percent of the city’s administrative area is forested, and around 83% is mountainous.
Ji’an | 吉安
Population 4.8 million
Ji’an, meaning lucky and peace, is located in the center of the province. The city was a hotbed of revolutionary activity in the early 20th century. In 1927 Mao Zedong and his top general first established the charter of the Chinese Communist Party here.
Jingdezhen | 景德镇
Population 1.5 million
Known as the “Porcelain Capital”, Jingdezhen has been producing beautiful pottery for over 1,700 years. Some of the most expensive pottery ever sold at auction was made in Jingdezhen, including a Yuan Dynasty vase that fetched the equivalent of around NZD$47,000,000 in 2005.
Jiujiang | 九江
Population 4.7 million
With a name meaning “nine rivers”, Jiujiang sits on the southern banks of the Yangtze River in northwest Jiangxi, with the picturesque Lake Poyang to the east. Due to this prime location, the area is one of the largest tea and rice producers in China.
Nanchang | 南昌
Population 5 million
The provincial capital, Nanchang has a history of over 2200 years. The pride of Nanchang’s residents is the over 1000 year old Tengwang Pavilion, which sits on the east bank of the Gan River.
Pingxiang | 萍乡
Population 1.8 million
Pingxiang is located in the west of Jiangxi, near the border with Hunan province. The city itself is relatively flat, though it is surrounded by hilly and mountainous terrain. The area is rich in natural resources, particularly coal and iron.
Shangrao | 上饶
Population 6.5 million
Shangrao is situated in the northeast of the province. It is a trading and transportation hub due to its location between Zhejiang and Fujian provinces. Under the city’s jurisdiction is the unspoilt Wuyuan County, known fittingly as “The Most Beautiful Countryside in China”.
Xinyu | 新余
Population 1.1 million
Xinyu lies in the west central region of Jiangxi, near Xi’an and Yichun. The city was founded in 267. The area is famous throughout China as the home of the gorgeous Fairy Lake. This scenic area contains over 300 ancient cultural sites, including tombs, buildings and carvings.
Yichun | 宜春
Population 5.1 million
Located in northwestern Jiangxi Province, Yichun is a mountainous area whose name translates to “pleasant spring”. The stunning Mingyue Mountain area consists of ten peaks.
Yingtan | 鹰潭
For centuries Yingtan has been a strategically important city, due to its location in the northeast of Jiangxi, close to Fujian and Zhejiang provinces. The city is located close to Mount Longhu, purportedly the birthplace of Taoism. As such, the area holds great significance to adherents of that religion.