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Changzhou, nicknamed the Dragon Town, is a Prefecture city with a history of 2,500 years. With its jurisdiction, Changzhou has a population of 3.5 million and the land mass is 4,375 square kilometers. The city is located in the middle of two major metropolises, Nanjing and Shanghai, about 150 km away from either of both. It is situated in the downstream of Yangtze River Drainage Basin and on the southern bank of the Yangtze River and it has been a national tourist hub and one of national and provincial industrial centers.

The earliest history of Changzhou started at the beginning of the Western Zhou Dynasty and the original town was founded as a Chinese commandery in 221 B.C. Changzhou got its current name, ordinary prefecture, in 589 A.D., and after the Grand Canal was constructed, the town became a canal port and a transshipment point. In the 1920s, Changzhou started to attract mill owners for cotton industry and the industry finally made Changzhou a national textile center in China.

Changzhou City is one of Jiangsu thirteen prefecture-level cities which administers five old municipal districts and two county-level cities.

  • Last visit to Changzhou: Sep 2011
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