Most of the cities which are located on ancient trade routes have evolved to become prosperous and Nanchang is one of them. With a total area of approximately 740.236 square kilometers and an average population of 4,913,100, Nanchang comes out as the capital and the most powerful trading, political, cultural, and communications hub in China’s Jiangxi province.
With a history dating back to more than 2,200 years and unparalleled scenic areas, Nanchang has also proved to be of interest to many expats. The city's downtown consists of majorly commercial areas and highly urbanized zones while the outskirts still maintain the beautiful landscapes provided by the lush greenery surroundings and ancient relics. It’s magnificent landscapes are mainly due to its strategic location on the banks of the Gan River. This is a region that is surrounded by picturesque landscapes and artificial lakes each having it’s very own special historical, cultural, and topographical attractions. This beautiful natural surrounding landscape together with the efforts of the Chinese government has seen this city turn into an attractive modern metropolis.
Nanchang is divided into 5 municipal districts which include Donghu, Xihu, Wanli, Qingshanhu, Qingyunpu and six sub-districts including Hongfutan. According to most expats, Qingshanhu district and Hongfutan sub-district are among the best places to live in Nanchang thanks to their well developed businesses and convenient traffic. The places are also very lively and beautiful especially during the warm summer seasons when the cool wind from the lake blows and make people comfortable.
Having been centrally placed between the region of the Pearl River Delta and the Yangtze, Nanchang serves as a major railroad hub especially in the Southern part of China. This is the reason why it has a very well developed transport system for getting in and leaving the city. The transport options include:
Getting around Nanchang has also been made very easy thanks to it’s variety of modern transport options. Some of the main transport systems that make it convenient for both the locals and expatriates to go around the city include:
Nanchang is a city that belongs to the sub-tropical humid monsoon climate. This means that the city is usually mild and humid. The days are longer during the warm summer days and shorter during the winter, spring, and autumn seasons. The city is hot and humid during the summer with virtually one of the highest temperatures in any provincial capital in China.
Being a city with very hot summers and cool winters, it is often nicknamed the “fireplace” especially during the hot summers. On average, most people prefer visiting the city during the spring season due to the season’s nice and comfortable weather.
Nanchang is a famous historical, cultural, and heritage city more than 26 natural attractions, 18 historical sites, and 600 cultural relics. In fact, in 1986 it was officially validated to be a national historical and cultural city.
Nanchang is very popular with expats and many of those who come to live here come to teach foreign languages. The reason why most expatriates choose Nanchang is because of its cost of living which is relatively low and affordable housing combined with it’s vibrancy and diversity.
If you are an expat planning to move to Nanchang with your family, you will be glad to find a good number of schools including an international school, the Nanchang International School. In addition to teaching, expatriates working in Nanchang can also choose to take up employment in a variety of other areas including manufacturing and engineering. Further opportunities for expats employment may be found in the retail sector and leisure industries.
Apart from work, there are also a variety of activities that expats in Nanchang can enjoy during their free time. JD's Bar is one of the places that is very popular among expatriates and foreigners at large. Most foreign workers in Nanchang usually prefer coming here when they want to have a good time, watch football, or just to talk to each other. The Mayflower is another very popular place for both expatriates and tourists. A good number of foreigners in Nanchang also meet here to socialize as they have an evening of drinks.
During the hot summer seasons, both the locals and foreigners prefer going out to the available squares for entertainment at night. Big squares like Big Goose Pagoda Square, Bell Tower Square, and South Gate Square, often get lots of foreigners who will be spotted chatting with each other, drinking beer, eating ice-cream.
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Nanchang has a number of top events that are attended by the locals. Of all events held here annually, there are two that are the most attended by both the locals and foreigners alike.
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Overall, living in Nanchang emanates a kind of enjoyment for both locals and foreigners. It is a beautiful city that is also culturally rich and allows various cultures to interact together. Regardless of whatever your preferences and likes, there is always something for everyone here.
If you are about to embark on an expatriate life in Nanchang, we are sure that the entire city’s charm portrayed in this guide to Nanchang will definitely appeal to you. Generally, the city is very safe and the worst you can encounter as an expatriate is a motorcycle driver trying to overprice you.