About Jiangsu

Jiangsu, located along the middle, east coast of China and near the mouth of Yangtze River, lives 76.54 million people in 102600 square km area. “Jiang” means the the city of Jiangning (Nanjing) in ancient China, “Su” means the city of Suzhou, and the abbreviation for this province is “Su”. Jiangsu borders Shandong province in the north, Anhui province to the west, and Zhejiang province and Shanghai municipality to the south.

Since the reform and opening up from 1978 led by Deng Xiaoping, Jiangsu province has been a hot spot for economic development and now it became one of the most prosperous provinces in China. With plains covering 68 percent of its total area, water covering 18 percent and most of the province stands not more than fifty meters above sea level, Jiangsu province earned the name of "land of water"(水乡). The southern city of Suzhou is called "Venice of the East" or the "Venice of the Orient" for its beautiful and harmonious combination of cities and nature.

Jiangsu also borders the Yellow Sea, the Yangtze River. The Yangtze River is the longest river in China, which cuts through the province in the south and reaches the East China Sea. With an altitude of 625 meters, the Mount Yuntai near the city of Lianyungang is the highest point in this province. Large lakes in Jiangsu include Lake Taihu (the largest), Lake Hongze, Lake Gaoyou, Lake Luoma, and Lake Yangcheng.

Get Inspirations

Having no idea how to start your China homeland tour? Don't worry! You can get inspirations from our hand-picked private tour, or join the group tour with other families, even let us to customize a trip for you.

13 Days Jiangsu Children Reunion Heritage Tour

Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Nanjing, Orphanage City, Shanghai

  • We can arrange the visiting to all the orphanages in Jiangsu Province
  • Famous places like Great Wall/ Giant Panda/ Terracotta Amy are all covered
  • Private guide/ vehicle and diver offer you valued sevice
  • No forced shopping activities

Read More

Small Groups: 2024 LTC Heritage Tours-A


Summer Schedule: Jun 10th, Jun 24th

Read More

Customize Your Own Return Trip

It is another option for those who want a more flexible time frame to work with as well as independence in where you want to go. We'd be happy to guide you regarding any of our programs. Read more...

Read More

Tips for a China Orphanage Visit

When you plan to have a China return trip, you'd better prepare a gift for other children in the orphanage. You can ask our travel consultant about the details and buy some gifts several days before your trip or you can buy that after your arrival in China if you're inconvenient for the excessive baggage. The guide from LeadtoChina will give you proper suggestions and help you to buy these. If you're confused about what items the SWI need, here are some good examples: snacks, or a basket of fruit, backpack, books or other school supplies. You are also suggested to buy fans and air conditioning in summer in some poor SWI. Most of the SWI will give you a present in return for memory.

Many families care about the donation, and if you want to do this, we suggest you to exchange the donated money for RMB and show this to the director of the SWI. Some SWI will issue a donation certificate to you but not every SWI will do this.

According to the size of the SWI and the frequency of the families' return, the visit can be the most important thing for the staff or a small part of the orphanage's routine work. You can talk to your child about the actual situation you've known to let them make enough preparations. You'd better tell them what will happen and what to do if things are not the same as they expected. They should keep a flexible attitude towards life and enjoy the process instead of following a certain model to start as things are not exactly what we think and this is very important. One more important point which is often ignored is that most of the orphanage children always have various special needs. It is better to consider this before visiting and your child should know that some children in the SWI have physical or mental disability. All these can provide a better atmosphere for the children with special needs in the orphanage during your return visit.

If you'd love to invite the orphanage director to lunch, please don't forget other people in the SWI as they are usually the director's assistants. If you want to invite the caregiver or nanny, you'd better extend the invitation through the director to request the consent out of courtesy. Our guide can help you to do this and convey your invitation accurately and politely. What's more, some of the orphanages will offer you free lunch but many SWI will charge you for about 100 USD as lunch fee. You can inquire about this through your trip consultant before travelling.

At last, some Chinese individuals act turgidly in front of you for not losing face. But most people follow traditional Chinese values, modesty and gentleness. Bearing this in mind can help you deal with problems in different situations successfully during your return visit.