Nantong (南通; Nántōng) is a city in Jiangsu Province


Nantong is a major port on the Yangtze River near Shanghai that was historically known for its distinctive textiles. The city has a population of around two million in the core area, more than seven million overall. It is a bit inland of Shanghai, on the North bank of the river.

Get in

By air

Nantong has a minor airport (IATA:NTG), which is about 18km from the city center. Nantong airport has only a small number of domestic flights, such as a direct flight once a day from Beijing. Nantong is near Shanghai, so the major method to get in is from Hongqiao Airport or Pudong Airport, and it takes about two hours to drive from Hongqiao to the center of Nantong via expressway.

By car

Several national expressways run through this city. Cars can get in from the North via G15, from the West (such as Nanjing) via G40. Sutong Bridge connects Nantong and Suzhou. From Shanghai, a highway goes to Nantong via the Yangtze River Tunnel and Bridge, crossing Chongming Island.

Get around

Taxis are cheap to get around Nantong. Buses ply the main streets however can take a bit long to wade through the local traffic if you are in a hurry to get somewhere quick. is a comprehensive English language web site that provides additional information about transportation in Nantong. Jiangsu.



Lan Yin Hua Bu (fabric printed with a distinctive blue flower design) - during the Ming Dynasties this particular design of cloth was popular among Southern China's elite. Now it is only produced at the Nantong Textile Museum.


Eat Nantong Mapped Out is a comprehensive English language website that provides information about all Western style restaurants in Nantong, including maps to specific restaurants and general, localized maps.

Another local guide for visitors is The Old Codger's Guide to China The Old Codger's Guide to Nantong is another English language resource for Nantong. The Old Codger also provides bi-monthly Letters From China to give people a more specific view of Nantong.

A very busy place for a quick meal served in a jiffy can be found along Jiao Yu Lu on the North entrances to Nantong Textile and Vocational College and Nantong Vocational College end. Several hole in the wall restaurants ply their trade here with some great food on offer at a very economical price.

Try out some 'Maala Taang' which is a local version of 'hot pot' except that its cooked for you after you picked up all the veggies and meats to go in the pot from the shelf. Can cost you anywhere between 5-10 Yuan for a yummy meal. Along Jiaoyu Lu.

Or, try out a Pancake roll with pickle, egg and coriander leaves for 2 Yuan. Couple of shops are well known for this treat near the roadside bbq where they will grill any snack for you for 0.5 Yuan a piece.

Doula Shop for a meal in a fancy setting around the City Vogue Hotel. Great array of menu choices for a dining experience which will surely impress.

Waterside Restaurant near the Hao He river area in the Central part of Nantong offers a great spread of steaks and Chinese delicacies in elegant and ambient surroundings overlooking the river. Surprisingly not so pricey for a nice restaurant with lovely decor. Worthwhile taking a look. Ye Shanghai does churn out a good fare, often full so book ahead for some Shanghainese cuisine.

Captain's Bar and Grill offers a full Western menu that is fairly reasonably priced. Offerings include Mexican, German, Italian and steaks. Also breakfast anytime. Weekends feature a Brunch served from 10:30 to 4:30. Captain's is a sponsor of Web site and printable map available. Captain's Bar and Grill and Map

Blue Chip a new establishment located right next door to Tiger Tiger Bar, offers a clean, healthy and sumptuous meal of traditional British styled 'fish and chips' cooked fresh and ready to take-away or eat in their plush diner. They also Cater for Corporate events, private functions and Birthday parties. Website and printable Map



Mid range


Go next

Nanjing, Shanghai and Suzhou are all very near.

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