Zhangjiagang

Zhangjiagang (张家港; Zhāngjiāgǎng) is a modern industrial city in Jiangsu province.

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Zhangjiagang was a small rural town until the economic reforms of the mid 1980s brought industry and business to the area. Since, it has developed into prosperous city famous for its large parks, clean and well maintained streets and friendly inhabitants. The city has a population of around 800,000.

Regular buses to Zhangjiagang run from most nearby cities, such as Nanjing, Wuxi, and Suzhou. Fares are ¥10-30.

Zhangjiagang has no train service. Wuxi and Suzhou are the easiest places to catch a train.

Zhangjiagang has no airport. The normal means of arriving by air is to fly into Shanghai Pudong Airport, and then take a bus or taxi to Zhangjiagang.

Though it is an industrial river town, the Zhangjiagang town center is approximately 25 minutes from the river.

Most of Zhangjiagang is accessible on foot. The streets are clean and well-maintained by Chinese standards. All major roads are marked with signs in Pinyin.

Taxis are cheap and ubiquitous. Flag drop is ¥10, including distance up to 2.8 km. Most of the city center is within that range, though far-flung areas may be a bit higher. A few cab drivers speak a bit of English, but the vast majority do not.

Its difficult to get taxis during the period of 4.45PM to 5.15 PM since the drivers have a shift change.

There is a city bus service, with ¥1 fare. However, it is not traveler-friendly, and can be difficult even for the locals. However for short distances and if routes known, buses are better.

The biggest shopping area is Walking Street (buxingjie 步行街), in the middle of town. It is a half-kilometer pedestrian street lined with many department stores, restaurants, and other attractions. Highlights include 85 Degrees, a good bakery with some Western-style pastries, Watson’s (has some Western goods), and several large departments stores with international import sections. The department store with Watson’s has a decent import section in their basement level.

The shopping park (gouwugongyuan 购物公园)is a new shopping area in town. It has a Walmart, Bear Papa (a creampuff shop), a Gelato restaurant (quality varies dramatically), German restaurant (with probably the best burgers in town) arcade, and a movie theater that often has English language films. Look for the films with red text reading: 原片 (original film). Patrons at the theater, however, will often talk during English movies and use cell phones constantly. Going to unusual film times and during the week is recommended.

The best places to go if you are looking for groceries, household goods, or other necessaries. Suguo and Dao Ren Fa are past the west end of Walking Street.

  • Suguo – Very poor international imports section.
  • Dao Ren Fa – Some international goods (the import section has been recently downsized dramatically). Slightly larger dairy section than Auchan. Wine section is more limited than Auchan and usually more expensive.
  • Auchan – On the east side of town next to the only McDonalds. Has the largest international imports selection including many French goods, chocolates, pastas, condiments and the biggest/cheapest wine and spirits selection.
  • Walmart – In the recently opened Shopping Park (Gouwugongyuan 购物公园). Has some international goods, wines, but is usually overpriced.
  • The Gray Chef. Best cut of meat I’ve had in China. 
  • The Small Devil. Italian. The food is alright but not spectacular. Pizza is hit or miss. 
  • Mai Tian. French / American the filet is a great meat choice. Total meal is about ¥160. Food overall is quite good and there is a decent wine menu. This is the only restaurant in town with truly Western service (servers will let you study the menu before asking you to order). 
  • Mandi Mandi. Italian place with terrific gnocchi and great selection of Italian beers and other drinks. Pricey but great if you want to treat yourself. Yangshe Laojie (old Street). Toz on tap at 40RMB a glass.

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