|• Type||Prefecture-level city|
|• CPCYancheng Secretary||Zhao Peng (赵鹏)|
|• Mayor||Li Qiang (李强)|
|• Prefecture-level city||16,920.83 km2 (6,533.17 sq mi)|
|• Urban||1,720 km2 (660 sq mi)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Prefecture-level city||7,260,240|
|• Density||430/km2 (1,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||China Standard (UTC+8)|
|GDP||¥191.7 billion (2009)|
|GDP per capita||¥25,553 (2009)|
|License Plate Prefix||苏J|
|Literal meaning||Salt City|
Yancheng (Chinese: 盐城; pinyin: Yánchéng) is a prefecture-level city in northeastern Jiangsu province, People's Republic of China. The city with the largest jurisdiction area in Jiangsu, Yancheng borders Lianyungang to the north, Huai'an to the west, Yangzhou and Taizhou to the southwest, Nantong to the south, and looks out to the Yellow Sea to the east.
Yancheng, literally "Salt City", is named after the salt harvest fields that surround the city. According to historical records,[which?] collection and production of sea salt in the region began as early as 119 BC during the Western Han Dynasty, when the settlement on the current location of Yancheng was named Yandu County (盐都县). According to the 2010 Census, Yancheng has a registered population of 8,203,728 — with 7,260,240 permanent residents.
The prefecture-level city of Yancheng administers 9 county-level divisions, including 2 districts, 2 county-level cities and 5 counties. The population information here presented uses 2010 census data of permanent residents.
|Map||Subdivision||Hanzi||Pinyin||Population (2010)||Area (km2)||Density|
|Tinghu District||亭湖区||Tínghú Qū||904,417||896||1,009|
|Yandu District||盐都区||Yándū Qū||711,300||1,018||699|
|Xiangshui County||响水县||Xiǎngshuǐ Xiàn||509,524||1,461||349|
|Binhai County||滨海县||Bīnhǎi Xiàn||956,162||1,880||509|
|Funing County||阜宁县||Fùníng Xiàn||843,275||1,439||586|
|Jianhu County||建湖县||Jiànhú Xiàn||741,646||1,154||643|
|Sheyang County||射阳县||Shèyáng Xiàn||896,639||2,855||314|
|Satellite cities (County-level cities)|
Yancheng has a history of 2,100 years since the first canton was founded here in Han Dynasty at year 119 BC. It was named for the salt reserves in rivers around the area, its name literally meaning "Salt City". In later years, the city was the home of Fan Zhongyan, the 12th century statesman and Shi Nai'an, the reputed author of famous novels. 
Yancheng was in the limelight during the Chinese Civil War from the 1930s to 1940s. The New Fourth Army led by the Communist Party of China was reestablished in Yancheng after being ambushed and battered by the enemy. After the revival, the Army played a very important role in the war and finally the foundation of the People's Republic of China. Many monuments in honor of these heroes can still be found around Yancheng.
Geography and climate
Yancheng occupies the flat coastal plains of Eastern Jiangsu. Those areas not cultivated are mainly marshlands, which are home to several endangered species, including the Red-crowned Crane and the Pere David's deer. Yancheng has a temperate climate with fairly mild winters and distinctly tropical late summers.
Recent development of transportation infrastructure in Northern Jiangsu has directly impacted Yancheng, which is located on the Xinyi-Changxing Railway, completed in 2005. The Yancheng train station opened in 2006, and Yancheng now offers overnight train service (on Train T156) to Beijing. Yancheng is also the endpoint of the Ningjingyan Expressway as well as a major stop on the Coastal Expressway, connecting it with Shanghai.
Transportation by bus is available on a flowing basis to Lianyungang as well as neighbouring counties Funing, Sheyang, Binhai, and Xiangshui.
Yancheng's BRT (bus rapid transport) system uses a dedicated bus lane and allows daily unlimited ridership for 1 RMB per day.
Yancheng's financial income used to rely heavily on agricultural industry. In 2002, Yancheng's economy has been boosted by an initial joint venture between Kia Motors and Dongfeng Automotive Group, with the creation of the Yancheng Plant. The plant was expanded in 2007.
The city hosts numerous higher learning institutions, including Yancheng Teachers' University, Yancheng Institute of Technology, Yancheng Nursing College,Yancheng Textile Vocational College and Yancheng Transport Technology College.
Yancheng Radio and Television University is a branch of this national educational giant in the city.
Yancheng Middle School (盐中）, founded by the Kuomintang, is recognized as one of the best in Jiangsu province, currently ranked the 4th best middle school in the province. It has over 6000 students and the school offers a variety of subjects to choose from.
The city has well instituted compulsory primary education system. The secondary schools including high schools achieves significant graduate rate. Its adult vocational education system has brought diverse programs to its labor forces.
Outdoor activities include the Yangcheng Wetlands and Salt marshes, home of some unique and endangered species, including Père David's Deer and the Red-crowned Crane. There is also a famous food street in east road springing up in recent years in which stands many restaurants in a style of Huizhou architecture.
A number of notable people were born in Yancheng. Qiao Guanhua (1913–1983) was the Chinese Foreign Minister during the 1970s and he was the first top Chinese diplomat at the UN after the legitimate position of China was restored during the Cold War. Hu Qiaomu (1912–1992) served as a member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, Director of the Party Literature Research Centre of the Central Committee, Director of the Party History Research Centre of the Central Committee and President of the Chinese Academy of Social Science in the 1980s. Two of them are referred to "Two Qiao" of Yancheng. 
Yancheng is twinned with the following domestic and foreign cities.
- Turpan, Xinjiang
- Taiyuan, Shanxi
- Yanbei Prefecture, Shanxi
- Qinzhou, Guangxi
- Wuxi, Jiangsu
- Xicheng District, Beijing
- Zhuhai, Guangdong
- Qinhuangdao, Hebei
- Xianyang, Shaanxi
- Jilin, Jilin
- Yan'an, Shaanxi
- Yangjia, Shanxi
- Huaibei, Anhui
- Haikou, Hainan
- Dachuan, Sichuan
- Panjin, Liaoning
- Changning District, Shanghai
- Lhasa, Tibet
- Dandong, Liaoning
- Xuhui District, Shanghai
Formal paper to be signed
- (Chinese) Compilation by LianXin website. Data from the Sixth National Population Census of the People's Republic of China
- Yancheng Introduction (Yancheng Middle School)
- "Kia to Launch New China Plant in 2007 as 430,000units per year capacity. The 3rd plant of 300,000units kicked off construction in Yancheong with scheduled completion in 2014. Dongfeng Yueda Kia company.". WardsAuto.com, Vince Courtenay, Nov 15, 2006.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Yancheng.|
- Government website of Yancheng (available in Chinese and English)
- Yancheng Local portal (in Simplified Chinese)
- Yancheng comprehensive guide with open directory (Jiangsu.NET)
- Yancheng Tourism Board (in Simplified Chinese)
- Yancheng Introduction (Yancheng Middle School) Extensive background on Yancheng history.