The province is located in the fertile land of the Yangtze River delta. Most of its land is flat, dotted with the Taihu and Hongze Lake; two of the five largest freshwater lakes in China. On its southwestern and northern borders are hilly lands.
Of the province's territory, the plains cover a total area of 70,600 square km; water covers a total of 17,300 square km; cultivated land amounts to some 5 million hectares.
Located in a transit belt from the subtropics to a warm temperate zone, Jiangsu
features a distinctive monsoon climate. Generally speaking, the area south of the Huaihe River and the Northern Jiangsu
General Irrigation Canal enjoys a subtropical humid monsoon climate while the area northward enjoys a warm temperate humid monsoon climate. It is warm with moderate rainfalls and clear-cut seasons in the province. The annual average temperature is between 13-16 centigrade. The annual rainfall is between 724-1,210 mm. The rainfall in summer accounts for 50 percent of the annual rainfall.
boasts a network of rivers and lakes. The Yangtze River runs over 400 km through the province from west to east while the Beijing
-Hangzhou Grand Canal runs 690 km from north to south. There is the Qinhuai River in its southwest; Northern Jiangsu
General Irrigation Canal, Xinmu River and Nantong-Yanzhou Canal in the northern part. The province also boasts more than 290 lakes including the Taihu Lake and Hongze Lake.Jiangsu
has abundant aquatic resources. The area of fish farms in the east coast reaches 154,000 square km. The noted four farms including Lusi and Haizhou Bay teem with yellow croaker, cutlass fish, butterfish, shrimps, crabs, shellfish and algae. The province is also the major producer of freshwater crabs and eel fry. The inland waters within the province cover a total area of 1.73 million hectares. The aquatic farms cover a total area of some 533,333 hectares, cultivating 140 types of fish.
has a wide distribution of mineral resources with a rich variety. The mineral products discovered so far total 120. Major energy resources include coal, petroleum and natural gas. Non-metallic resources include sulphur, phosphorus, sodium salt, crystal, cyanite, sapphire, diamond, kaolin, limestone, quartz sand, marble and pottery clay. The metallic resources include copper, lead, zinc, silver, gold, strontium and manganese. The province is particularly rich in clay, building materials, chemical raw materials, metallurgic auxiliary materials, minerals for special uses and non-ferrous metals.
has a long history of a relatively developed economy and culture. Rich in landscape gardens, scenic attractions and historical sites, it is noted for having the largest number of historical cities in the country. Such cities include Nanjing, Suzhou, Yangzhou, Zhenjiang, Changshu, Xuzhou and Huai'an. There are 20 scenic spots, 23 forest parks, 6 holiday resorts and 416 cultural heritage sites under the state and provincial-level protection. Nine classical gardens in Suzhou were put on the world cultural heritage site list by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
Environment and current issues
By the end of 2002, environmental monitoring stations at various levels totaled 111. There were 23 nature reserves, covering a total area of 669,000 hectares. A sum of 1.1 billion yuan had been invested in 850 projects tackling pollution. Suzhou and 6 other cities won the honorary title of "National Model Environment Protection City". All cities and counties are piloting the construction of ecological zones at a national level.
The province has generally fulfilled the state requirement of controlling pollutant discharge from 12 outlets. Nanjing, Lianyungang, Suzhou and Nantong have reached the state standards for surface water quality and air quality. Improvements have been achieved in the water quality of Taihu Lake and Huaihe River, with the water now being mid-level eutrophic from heavy eutrophic a few years ago.
73.81 million (2002)Population
growth rate: 2.18?? in 2002, down 0.23?? from the previous year.
In addition to the ethnic Han group, Jiangsu
is also home to 55 minority ethnic groups with a total Population
of 210,000, accounting for 0.29 percent of the provincial total.
Rate of unemployment
By the end of 2002, the registered rate of unemployment in cities was 4.2.
A multi-level educational system involving pre-school education, elementary education, education for the disabled, vocational education, higher education and adult education is now in place in Jiangsu
. There are 94 full-time higher learning institutions with 700,200 students. Technical secondary schools have a total number of 451,400 students.
The province also has 460,340 middle school students and 635,230 elementary school students. About 99.58 percent of the children at school age can receive primary schooling.
is linked to more than 40 large and medium-sized cities in China through the railway network. The new Asia-Europe Continental Bridge which starts in Lianyungang in the east and ends at Rotterdam, Netherlands in the west, has undertaken 95 percent of the transit transportation business since it opened to traffic at the end of 1992.
The highways in the province, totaling 60,141 km, include express highways and first-class and second-class highways. A total of 1,702 km express highways have opened to traffic. Nanjing is the largest highway hub with lines radiating province wide and linking over 100 cities and counties in neighboring provinces. Fourteen national roads run through the province, including two north-south trunk roads: one from Tongjiang in northeast China to Sanya in Hainan
, and the other from Beijing
to Fuzhou; and two east-west trunk roads, one from Lianyungang to Huoerguosi in Xinjiang
, and the other from Shanghai
to Chengdu in Sichuan
Seven cities in the province have airports which provide services to 67 domestic and international air routes.