For other uses, see Nanchang (disambiguation).
Prefecture-level city
Nanchang City

Clockwise from top: New Fourth Army Headquarter, Star of Nanchang, Bayi Square, Nanchang sunrise, Tengwang Pavilion.
Nickname(s): Hongcheng (洪城, lit. Grand City), Hongdu (洪都, lit. Grand Metropolis), Yuzhang (豫章)

Location of Nanchang City jurisdiction in Jiangxi
Coordinates: 28°41′N 115°53′E / 28.683°N 115.883°E / 28.683; 115.883Coordinates: 28°41′N 115°53′E / 28.683°N 115.883°E / 28.683; 115.883
Country China
Province Jiangxi
  Mayor Guo An
  Secretary Wang Wentao
  Prefecture-level city 7,194 km2 (2,778 sq mi)
  Urban 617 km2 (238 sq mi)
  Metro 4,588 km2 (1,771 sq mi)
Elevation 37 m (122 ft)
Population (2010 census[1])
  Prefecture-level city 5,042,565
  Density 700/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
  Urban 2,357,839
  Urban density 3,800/km2 (9,900/sq mi)
  Metro 4,171,926
  Metro density 910/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Time zone CST (UTC+8)
Licence plate prefixes A, M
City Flower Chinese Rose
City Tree Camphor Laurel

"Nanchang" in Chinese
Chinese 南昌
Literal meaning "Southern prosperity"
"Kiangsi" (Nanchang). Nieuhof: L'ambassade de la Compagnie Orientale des Provinces Unies vers l'Empereur de la Chine, 1665

Nanchang (Chinese: 南昌) is the capital of Jiangxi Province in southeastern China.[2] As of 2010, a population of 5,042,565 live in the prefecture, in which 2,357,838 live in the area made up of all five urban districts.[3] Located in the north-central part of the province, it is bounded on the west by the Jiuling Mountains, and on the east by Poyang Lake. Because of its strategic location connecting the prosperous East and South China, it has become a major railway hub in Southern China in recent decades.

As the Nanchang Uprising in 1927 is distinctively recognized by the ruling Communist Party as "firing the first gunshot against the evil Nationalists",[4] the current regime has therefore named the city since 1949 "the City of Heroes", "the place where the People's Liberation Army was born", and the most widely known "place where the military banner of the People's Liberation Army was first raised".


Nanchang is a city of long history. As early as 50,000 years ago, clans inhibited the Anyi region of the Nanchang city. About three thousand years ago, to the north Aixi Lake, south of Qingyun Pu, the arc of the formation of ancient Nanchang gathering area residents.

Han Emperor five years (202 BC), Han Guan Ying the local garrison, located Yu Zhang County, next year the construction of the city, site in this city about 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) southeast of Nanchang Railway Station Huang Temple City, the city perimeter miles eighty-four step, called "Guan Ying City", it was built to create a history of Nanchang city. First built "Nanchang County," Yu Zhang county of Gunji, take "grand southern" and "Southern prosperity," meaning, named "Nanchang." The territories encompassing modern-day Jiangxi Province—including Nanchang—was first incorporated into China during the Qin dynasty, when it was conquered from the Baiyue peoples and organized as Jiujiang Commandery (Chinese: 九江郡).[5] In 201 BC, during the Han dynasty, the city was given the Chinese name Nanchang and became the administrative seat of Yuzhang Commandery (Chinese: 豫章郡), and was governed by Guan Ying (Chinese: 灌嬰), one of Emperor Gaozu of Han's generals.[5] The name Nanchang means "southern flourishing", derived from a motto of developing what is now southern China that is traditionally attributed to Emperor Gaozu himself.[5]

In AD 589, during the Sui dynasty, this commandery was changed into a prefecture named Hongzhou (Chinese: 洪州), and after 763 it became the provincial center of Jiangxi, which was then beginning the rapid growth that by the 12th century made it the most populous province in China.

In 653 the Tengwang Pavilion was constructed, and in 675 Wang Bo wrote the classic "Tengwang Ge Xu", a poetic introductory masterpiece celebrating the building, making the building, the city, and the author himself known to literate Chinese-speaking population ever since.[6] The Pavilion has been destroyed and rebuilt several times throughout history.[7] Its present form was reconstructed in the 1980s after being destroyed in 1929 during the Chinese Civil War.[8]

In 959, under the Southern Tang regime, Nanchang was made superior prefecture and the southern capital. After the conquest by the Song regime in 981 it was reverted to the name Hongzhou. In 1164 it was renamed Longxing prefecture, which name it retained until 1368. At the end of the Yuan (Mongol) period (1279–1368), it became a battleground between Zhu Yuanzhang, the founder of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), and the rival local warlord, Chen Youliang. At the beginning of the 16th century it was the power base from which Zhu Chenhao, the Prince of Ning, launched a rebellion against the emperor.

During the reign of the Wanli Emperor of the Ming dynasty, it housed relatives of the emperor who had been exiled because they were potential claimants of the imperial throne, members of the imperial family constituting about one quarter of the city's population; as a result of this, Matteo Ricci came here when trying to gain entry to Beijing.[9]

In the 1850s it suffered considerably as a result of the Taiping Rebellion (1850–64), and its importance as a commercial centre declined as the overland routes to Canton were replaced by coastal steamship services in the latter half of the 19th century. Nanchang has, however, remained the undisputed regional metropolis of Jiangxi.

On August 1, 1927, Nanchang was the site of one of a series of insurrections organized by the communists. The Nanchang Uprising, led by pro-communist Kuomintang officers under Russian direction, succeeded in holding the city for only a few days, and provided a core of troops and a method of organization from which the People's Liberation Army (PLA) later developed.

In 1939, the Battle of Nanchang, a ferocious battle between the Chinese National Revolutionary Army and the Imperial Japan Army in the Second Sino-Japanese War took place.[10][11][12]

By 1949 Nanchang was still essentially an old-style administrative and commercial city, with little industry apart from food processing; it had a population of about 275,000. Nanchang first acquired a rail connection in 1915, only connecting to the port city of Jiujiang by the Yangtze. Several other rail links have since been opened. After World War II a line was completed to Linchuan and Gongqi in the Ru River Valley to the south-southeast.

Since 1949 Nanchang has been extensively industrialized. It is now a large-scale producer of cotton textiles and cotton yarn. Paper making is also a major industry, as is food processing (especially rice milling). Heavy industry began to gain prominence in the mid-1950s. A large thermal-power plant was installed and uses coal brought by rail from Fengcheng to the south. A machinery industry also grew up, at first mainly concentrating on the production of agricultural equipment and diesel engines. Nanchang then became a minor centre of the automotive industry in China, producing trucks and tractors and also accessories such as tires. An iron-smelting plant helping to supply local industry was installed in the later 1950s. There is also a large chemical industry, producing agricultural chemicals and insecticides as well as pharmaceuticals.

Geography and climate

Nanchang is located 130 km (81 mi) south of the Yangtze River and is situated on the right bank of the Gan River just below its confluence with the Jin River and some 40 km (25 mi) southwest of its discharge into Poyang Lake.

Nanchang has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa) with distinct four seasons. Winters are short and cool with occasional frosts; it begins somewhat sunny and dry but becomes progressively wetter and more overcast. Spring begins especially gloomy, and from April to June, each month has more than 220 mm (8.7 in) of rainfall. Summer is long and humid, with amongst the highest temperatures of any Chinese provincial capital, and with the sun shining close to 60 percent of the time in July and August, is the sunniest time of year. Autumn is warm to mild with the lowest rainfall levels of the year. The monthly 24-hour average temperature ranges from 5.5 °C (41.9 °F) in January to 29.5 °C (85.1 °F) in July, while the annual mean is 18.00 °C (64.4 °F). Annual precipitation stands at around 1,610 mm (63 in); with monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 23 percent in March to 60 percent in August, the city receives 1,832 hours of sunshine annually in average. Extremes since 1951 have ranged from −9.7 °C (15 °F) on 29 December 1991 to 40.6 °C (105 °F) on 23 July 1961.[13]

Climate data for Nanchang (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 25.3
Average high °C (°F) 8.8
Daily mean °C (°F) 5.5
Average low °C (°F) 3.0
Record low °C (°F) −7.7
Average precipitation mm (inches) 79.0
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 13.3 13.6 17.3 17.2 15.7 15.0 10.5 10.3 6.9 7.6 8.5 8.2 144.1
Average relative humidity (%) 76 77 79 79 78 82 76 76 75 71 71 71 75.9
Mean monthly sunshine hours 89.0 83.1 94.2 125.2 161.4 159.5 248.6 233.2 189.5 168.4 143.0 137.8 1,832.9
Percent possible sunshine 28 27 23 30 36 39 59 60 50 47 46 44 40.8
Source: China Meteorological Administration [14]


As of 2010 (Census), Nanchang has a population of 5,042,565, of which about 2.3 million live in built-up (urbanized) area consists of five urban districts.[3] 37 ethnic groups were counted amongst its prefecture divisions.


Division code[15] English Chinese Pinyin Area in km2[16] Seat Postal code Subdivisions[17]
Subdistricts Towns Townships Residential communities Villages
360100 Nanchang 南昌市 Nánchāng Shì 7194[18] Donghu District (Honggutan N.A.) 330000 30 49 31 625 1161
360102 Donghu District 东湖区 Dōnghú Qū 30 Gongyuan Subdistrict (公园街道) 330000 10 159 21
360103 Xihu District 西湖区 Xīhú Qū 43 Chaoyangzhou Subdistrict (朝阳洲街道) 330000 10 1 136 13
360104 Qingyunpu District 青云谱区 Qīngyúnpǔ Qū 40 Sanjiadian Subdistrict (三家店街道) 330000 5 1 63 12
360105 Wanli District 湾里区 Wānlǐ Qū 254 Zhaoxian (招贤镇) 330000 2 4 12 35
360111 Qingshanhu District 青山湖区 Qīngshānhú Qū 250 Jingdong (京东镇) 330000 3 6 116 101
360112 Xinjian District 新建区 Xīnjiàn Qū 2160 Changleng (长堎镇) 330100 10 9 39 300
360121 Nanchang County 南昌县 Nánchāng Xiàn 1811 Liantang (莲塘镇) 330200 11 7 47 311
360123 Anyi County 安义县 Ānyì Xiàn 660 Longjin (龙津镇) 330500 7 3 16 105
360124 Jinxian County 进贤县 Jìnxián Xiàn 1946 Minhe (民和镇) 331700 9 2 37 263


Nanchang is a regional hub for agricultural production in Jiangxi province. The yield of grain was 16.146 million tons in 2000. Products such as rice and oranges are economic staples. The Ford Motor Company has a plant in Nanchang, assembling the Ford Transit van as part of the Jiangling Motor joint venture.[19] Many of its industry revolves around aircraft manufacturing, automobile manufacturing, metallurgy, electro-mechanics, textile, chemical engineering, traditional Chinese medicine, pharmaceuticals and others.[20]

The GDP of Nanchang in 2008 was 166 billion Yuan (24.3 billion USD). The GDP per capita was 36,105 Yuan (5,285 USD). The total value of imports and exports was 3.4 billion US dollars. The total financial revenue was 23 billion Yuan.[21]

Industrial zones

National level development zones[22]

Nanchang National Export Expressing Zone is located in Nanchang Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone, it was approved by the State Council on May 8, 2006, and passed the national acceptance inspection on Sep 7th, 2007. It has a planning area of 1 km2 and now has built 0.31 km2. It enjoys simple and convenient customs clearances, and special preferential policies both for Nanchang National Export Expressing Zone and NCHDZ.[23]

Nanchang National High-tech Industrial Development Zone (NCHDZ for short hereafter) is the only national grade high-tech zoned in Jiangxi, it was established in Mar. 1991. The zone covers an area of 231 km2 (89 sq mi), in which 32 km2 (12 sq mi) have been completed. NCHDZ possesses unique nature condition and sound industry foundation of accepting electronics industry. NCHDZ has brought 25 percent industrial added value and 50 percent industrial benefit and tax to Nanchang city by using only 0.4 percent land area.[24]

Provincial level development zones[22]

Special economic district[22]


Nanchang Railway Station
Nanchang International Airport
A CRH1 train near Liantang Station in Nanchang.


The Nanchang is an important rail hub for southeastern China. The Beijing–Kowloon (Jingjiu) Railway, Shanghai–Kunming (Hukun) Railway (formerly Zhejiang–Jiangxi or Zhegan Railway), Xiangtang–Putian Railway and Nanchang–Jiujiang Intercity Railway converge in Nanchang. Nanchang's Bureau of Railways operates much of the railway network in Jiangxi and neighbouring Fujian province.

The Nanchang Railway Station and the Nanchang West Railway Stations are the primary passenger rail stations of the city. Nanchang is connected to Hangzhou, Changsha and Shanghai via CRH (China Railway High-speed) service.


Nanchang Changbei International Airport (KHN) built in 1996 is the main international airport. It is situated in Lehua Town, 26 kilometres north of the CDB area. Changbei International Airport is the only one in Jiangxi Province which has an international air route. The airport is connected to major mainland cities such as Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Haikou, Shanghai and Beijing.[26] There is a military/mixed airport near Liantang, Nanchang County.


Nanchang downtown

The road transport infrastructure in Nanchang is extensive. A number of national highways cross through the city. They are the National roads No.105 from Beijing to Zhuhai, No.320 from Shanghai to Kunming, and No.316 from Fuzhou to Lanzhou. The major transport companies that operate in Nanchang are the Chang'an Transport Company Limited, the Nanchang Long-distance Bus Station, and the Xufang Bus Station. National Highway G70 crosses through Nanchang. Nanchang also built its round-city highway G70_01 opening on 2007.

The Nanchang Long-distance Bus Station serves long distance routes to Nanjing, Shenzhen, Hefei and other cites outside Jiangxi Province. The Xufang Bus Station operates routes to cities, towns and counties within Jiangxi Province.[26]


The Nanchang Metro has been in service since 26th Dec 2015.


Nanchang is situated on the Gan River, the Fu River, Elephant Lake, Qingshan Lake, and Aixi Lake. Hence the water routes for Nanchang are critically important for the economy, trade and shipping. Nanchang Port is the biggest port on the Gan River. Passengers can take Nanchang Port and travel by boat to the Jinggang Shan and Tengwang Pavilion. There are passenger ships that also visit Poyang Lake, Stone Bell Hill, Poyang Lake Bird Protection Area, Dagu Hill and other attractions.


The Pavilion of Prince Teng is a building in the north west of the city of Nanchang, in Jiangxi province, China
The Star of Nanchang Ferris Wheel


Colleges and universities:

Note: Institutions without full-time bachelor programs are not listed.

High schools:

International schools:

See also


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  18. 国土资源局数字为7432.18平方公里
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