Zhangjiagang is located in the southeast of Jiangsu province, situated on the south bank of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River. It faces Nantong, Rugao and Jingjiang across the river and neighbors the Tai Lake cities of Wuxi and Suzhou in the south.
Situated at the estuary of the river and the mouth of the sea, Zhangjiagang features the gentleness of the southern part of the Yangtze River and the grandness of the vast sea. Its inclusiveness and openness to cultures are a reminder of its geographic location.
Zhangjiagang has 37 city-level and three provincial-level cultural protection sites: Xiangshan Soldier Shelter, Tianzhuang Residence for the Second Palace Examination and Dongshan Village Site. The city’s Heyang Folk Song, Heyang Treasure Scroll and Shaozhou Whistle Kite are listed in the intangible cultural heritage masterpiece catalog of Suzhou.
In addition to promoting local folk culture, Zhangjiagang also energizes the whole Yangtze River Basin with Yangtze culture. Each autumn, it holds an activity themed on the Yangtze River. After a series of themed activities, the country’s first Museum of Yangtze River Culture was set up. The museum includes a collection of operas, folk art and natural scenery in the river basin as well as books, paintings and photos about the history, culture and architecture of the river.