Living in Zhenjiang China - Expat City Guide

Rachel Weiss
Rachel Weiss

I'm an American who has been in China for three years! Read more about my adventures here: www.rachelmeetschina.com

 / Mar 22, 2019

Located along the third longest river in the world, Zhenjiang is one of the most diverse cities of China. The city, which was once the provincial capital of Jiangsu Province, still remains a crucial transportation hub and is right next to the Yangtze River.


The city is well known for its rich art and culture and it is often associated with many amazing mythologies of Chinese history. In fact, in 1986, Zhenjiang became one of the most recognized cultural city in China. Its landscape is also well known for its scenic beauty. In addition to that, Zhenjiang is among the leading provinces in Chinese in farm production and leads in fishing and tea production. The city borders Nanjing on the west and has a total population of about 3 million.





Neighborhood/Districts of Zhenjiang


The city of Zhenjiang administers 6 county-level divisions including three county-level cities and three districts. Below is a breakdown of districts of Zhejiang.


Dantu District


Dantu city is bordered by the Yangtze to the north, Danyang to the southeast and Yangzhong to the east. The district covers an area of 789 square kilometers. This city is well known from a development known as the Dantu new City that was constructed way back in 2005 but remains under occupied for long period of time to point where it was named a ghost city. However, today the city is very lively and almost 100% occupied.


Jingkou District


This district has an area of 115 square kilometers and has a population of about 500,000 people. Located along the Yangtze River, Jingkou district is usually referred to as the city of rice and fish as well as the land of lake and rivers. It rich fertile land is crisscrossed by amazing canals and rivers.


Runzhou District


Runzhou district has a square area of 132 and a population of about 500,000 people. It is bordered Zhengjiang New district to the southeast and lies along the Grand Canal. This district is well known for its many scenic natural attractions.


Getting In and Out of Zhejiang


If you are planning to tour this great city, then one of your biggest concerns is how you are going to get in and out of the city. First, Zhengjiang has no airport. However, passengers can use the Nanjing Lukou airport that is located not so far from the city. You can also use a commuter train that operates from Zhengjiang railway station to Nanjing.


Shanghai, Suzhou, Yangzhou, and Nanjing are nearby Zhengjiang. You can use the Zhengjiang south railway station that sits along the Beijing Shanghai high-speed railway to get to other cities in China. Zhengjiang also has four bus stations strategically located around the city. Here, you will get commuter buses that transport passengers from Zhenjiang to Yangzhou, Nanjing, and Shanghai.


There is also plenty of intercity buses that operate between Zhenjiang and Yangzhou and pass through Jinshan, Hill Park, slender west lake, XIjin Ferry, Wenchang pavilion and Jiao Hill. You can also use a taxi to commute around the city. Zhenjiang is also located along the third largest river and the largest man-made canal. This means that you can also use a boat to commute.



Getting Around the City


Getting around the city is very easy. As said earlier, there are plenty of city buses across the city that can get you to almost any location around the city. Buses operate both during the day and night, meaning that there is no single time when you will be stranded.


In addition to that, the city also has countless taxis operating both during the day and night. You don’t have to go to the street in order to find a taxi. All that you need to do is download your preferred taxi app then order a taxi from the comfort of your own hotel.


You can also use a boat to get around the city. This city is largely surrounded by water, a factor that makes water transport convenient for commuters who want to get around the city. You can also rent a motorbike or bicycle and use it to commute around the city.


Read more about taking public transportation in China.





Climate and Weather of Zhenjiang


The average temperature of Zhenjiang is summer is around 27.7 degrees Celsius while the coldest temperature is around 2.7 degree Celsius. The city average annual rainfall is about 1088mm. Zhenjiang also gets plenty of sunshine with an average duration of about 2010 hours. Zhenjiang is usually controlled by the subtropical monsoon climate. Rainy reasons usually occur from June to July which is also the hottest time of the year. Summertime is usually muggy because of plenty of rainfall and hot weather. On the other hand, the winter season is usually chill and humid.


When Is The Best Time To Visit Zhenjiang?


If you are planning to visit this Zhejiang, then you must be asking yourself when is the ideal time to visit this great city. The best time to visit Zhenjiang is between spring and autumn. The weather is not only favorable during this time but it is also the time when many festivals are held. If you want to learn about the deep culture of this amazing city and enjoy the best climate, then the best time visit is between spring and autumn.

Things To Do In Zhenjiang


  1. Zhenjiang 3 famous hills – Jiao Hill, Jinshan Hill, and Beigushan Hill are all in Zhenjiang and regarded as the most attractive sites south of the Yangtze River and each offers their own special characteristics
  2. Jinshan Temple – located in Jinshan Hill Park is over 1500 years old and a significant place for Buddhism activities in China
  3. The Nanshan National Forest Park – Located 2.5 kilometers from the city center is the perfect place to go to enjoy the outdoors and see many Chinese cultural relics. There are 3 ancient temples here, all with beautiful architecture and unique histories.





Life In The City For Expats


Expats who choose to live in Zhenjiang not only enjoy the thriving economy of the city but also get to interact with friendly people who live in this amazing city. Zhenjiang hosts many reputable national and international companies including Nokia, the Alibaba Group, State Street, Huawei technologies among many others. This means that expats living in Zhenjiang can earn decent money while working at reputable companies located in Zhenjiang. Expats who move to Zhenjiang also gets to enjoy the rich culture of people living in this amazing city.


Zhenjiang economy has been thriving since 1990 and is considered an important transportation hub for coastal China. The city has many renowned higher learning institutions that can comfortably accommodate children of expats. Despite being one of the wealthiest cities in China, Zhenjiang still remains one of the least expensive cities for expats to live. Both food and accommodation are very affordable for expats.

Festivals and Events in Zhenjiang


Zhenjiang has numerous events and festivals that happen throughout the year. Most popular festivals and events include:


  • New Year bell striking and wish making that take place at the Jinshan temple
  • Cherry blossoms that take place in Zhenjiang Boatashan Park bloom
  • The Osmanthus flower festival that takes place in Jiaoshan Hill Park
  • The Magnolia flower festival that is held in the Grand Temple in Jurong Maohsan Hill


Visit Zhenjiang


In conclusion, if you are planning to move to Zhenjiang as an expat, then you are making the right decision. As discussed above, this city not only boasts or rich cultural heritage but has also many natural attraction sites that you can visit while living in the city. People living in this city are also very friendly.

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Rachel Weiss

I'm an American who has been in China for three years! Read more about my adventures here: www.rachelmeetschina.com