Yangzhong is an island city right in the middle of the Yangtze River. Not many people have heard of Yangzhong due to its island location. Transportation to and from Yangzhong is limited to personal vehicles, buses, and boats.
What to Do:
One of the best things to do in Yangzhong is go see the giant bronze puffer fish. This fish is such a large part of the culture of Yangzhong that they spent 70 million RMB to build the statue.
What the Weather’s like:
Yangzhong is technically considered a part of Zhenjiang, and so it’s weather patters will be similar to it. That is it will also be similar to Nanjing. Nanjing is one of the hottest cities along the Yangzi river. It has a humid subtropical climate and is influenced by the East Asian monsoon. Despite the influences, it still has four seasons and is rainy throughout the year. Nanjing has sweltering summers with lows from June to September around the 70-75° and highs around 90°. The highs between December and February are generally around freezing levels and have highs that hover around 50°. As mentioned above, it rains constantly throughout the year, but summers are by far the most wet and winters the driest.
What to Eat:
Yangzhong may not be a very large city, but they have a huge reputation for a particularly delicious dish. Puffer fish is a delicacy in Yangzhong. Although it is the world’s second most poisonous vertebrate, the Chinese along the Yangtze River have been eating this fish for hundreds of years now. The street food scene is alive and active in Yangzhong and around the street markets you can find vendors selling noodles, dumplings, fried breads, kabobs and many other tasty foods.
How to get Around:
Yangzhong is very easy to get around because it is rather small. Most of our teachers end up walking or riding bikes to where they need to go. Yangzhong has a really neat bike sharing system set up. You can pick up a bike at one location and then return it at any of the other locations in the city. Your liaison can help you set up a bike card.
Where to Shop:
Buying produce on the streets is fairly affordable. The street markets are all run by local vendors and farmers, but sell only what is in season. As for buying other groceries in Yangzhong, Suguo Supermarkets are the best place to go. Toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner and cooking supplies can be found here.
Where We Teach in Yangzhong:
• Yangzhong #1 Middle School
• Yangzhong Foreign Language Middle School
• Yangzhong Experimental Primary School
• Yangzhong Foreign Langauge Primary School
• Yangzhong High School
How to attend Church:
For members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there is an active branch in Nanjing.