Overview

 

Lianyungang is a prefecture-level city in northeastern Jiangsuprovince, People's Republic of China. It borders Yancheng to its southeast,Huai'an and Suqian to its south, Xuzhou to its southwest, and the province ofShandong to its north. Its name derives from Lian Island the largest island inJiangsu Province which lies off its coastline, and Yuntai Mountain, the highestpeak in Jiangsu Province, a few miles from its town center, and the fact thatit is a port.

Location

Lianyungangis situated between 118°24' and 119°48' east longitude and 34°11' and 35°07'north latitude. Lianyungang covers an area of 7,777 km2 (3,003 sq mi).

Climate

 

The temperature in Lianyungang can reach average highs of 30°C inthe summer and drop to as low as -4°C in the winter. The vast majority ofprecipitation occurs between June and August, where it can measure up to 278mmof rainfall on average. Winter precipitation is quite low, making snowfall bothrare and short-lived.

 

Economy

Lianyungangis the eastern end of the New Eurasian Land Bridge and the proposed NorthernEast West Freight Corridor, is one of the first 14 Chinese coastal citiesopening to the outside world, and is a rising centre of industry, foreign tradeand tourism in east China.

 

Thisport is located in the center of the coast, linking eastern sea routes withwestern land routes. Both Japan and the Republic of Korea in the east can bereached economically and conveniently from Liangyungang, which is also part ofthe worldwide network of sea transport. As well as this, the New EurasiaContinental Landbridge and the railway networks in Western Europe continue byland, connecting Lianyungang with over 40 countries and regions in Europe,South Asia and the Middle East.

Atpresent, the Chinese government has clearly stated its intention to build aneconomic belt along the New Eurasia Continental landbridge in "the 9thFive-Year Plan of the National Economy and Social Development and theLong-range Goal for the Year 2010"; and on "China's 21st CenturyAgenda", Lianyungang is to be developed into an international seaportlinking countries on the Pacific rim with those in Central Asia. In the"National Ocean Development Plan" it is listed as one of threespecial development zones.

Locatednear the Lianyn-Ports, the Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant is one of the biggestnuclear power plants in China, with two operational units and six additionalplanned.

 

 

History & Culture

Lianyungang was knownin the West as Haichow. This was one of the four original ports opened up forforeign trade in the 1480s by the Qing Dynasty Government. The others wereNingbo, Xiamen and Guangzhou.