Taicang is located in the southeastern part of Jiangsu province along the south bank of the Yangtze River Estuary from 31 degrees 20 minutes – 31 degrees 45 minutes north latitude and 120 degrees 58 minutes – 121 degrees 20 minutes east longitude.
Taicang was also called Loudong because it was located east to Loujiang. It has long been the home to culture with rich cultural heritages and long education benefits and formed the unique Loudong Culture. It is where Zheng He of the Ming Dynasty set sail for his seven grand voyages.
It is also the cradle of the beautiful classical music and Loudong Culture, and the birthplace of the myth of the Cowboy and Weaver Girl. The well-preserved five stone arch bridges from the Yuan Dynasty were of unique style and had been listed as one of the officially protected monuments and sites of China.
Taicang was just a small village near the sea in the ancient time. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC-476 BC), it was under the jurisdiction of the Wu Kingdom. In the Qin Dynasty (221 BC-206 BC), it was administrated by Kuaiji Prefecture. In the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD), it was under the jurisdiction of Huian Township, Louxian County, Wujun Prefecture. During the Three Kingdoms Period (220-280), the Wu Kingdom set up granaries in Taicang and it was developed gradually.