Why Bother Visiting Jiangxi?
Jiangxi boasts some of the most amazing lush vegetation and beautiful mountains of China, but with few exceptions, by lacking nationally famous historical sights and having been one of the poorer provinces for some time, it’s not a place much think of when choosing a place to visit.
But if you’ve ever tried traveling to the Summer Palace, Tai Shan, Huang Shan, or Jiuzhaigou, especially during holiday season, you’ve definitely wished fewer people knew about those places. So when you visit the scenic spots in Jiangxi, not only are you less likely to be wasting precious holiday time stuck waiting in lines, but your money will go much farther.
The Starting point: Nanchang, The City of Heroes
For most travelers, Nanchang is their first experience of Jiangxi province, since this city has the province’s busiest airport and train stations. Nanchang is Jiangxi’s largest city and the provincial capital and is known as the City of Heroes because of the Nanchang Uprising of August 1, 1927, which marked the founding of the People’s Liberation Army and the beginning of the Chinese Civil War. In honor of this event, the biggest square in the center of the city is known as a Ba Yi Square, which literally means 8 (i.e. August) – 1 square (八一广场). This 3rd-tier city can be quite enjoyable to visit. [Read more…]