About Huaian

Huai'an, referring to "Everlasting Peace of Huai River" in Mandarin, is a city with its mythology on the ability of flood control techniques in the ancient Chinese history, in which a legendary emperor, the Great Yu, was once taming the Huai River.Su is short for Jiangsu, a province located along the eastern coast of China between east longitude 116°18′and 121°57′, north latitude 30°45′and 35°20′. With Yellow Sea to its east, Jiangsu adjoins Anhui and Shandong provinces in the west and north respectively, with Zhejiang province and the city of Shanghai as its neighbors in the southeast.
Huai'an is the land where two major freshwater lakes, Hongze and Baima Lakes, reside. It is the land where a well-known Chinese cuisine, Huaiyang Cuisine, originated.Huai'an has been proclaimed a national historical and cultural city by the State Council. Its economy is booming and it has established multiple ties with more than 100 countries and regions.

Geography, Climate and Resources
Located in the Northern Jiangsu Plain, Huai'an City borders Anhui Province to the southwest, Yangzhou to the southeast and Lianyungang to the north, and 2 hrs of driving distance to Nanjing, provincial capital of Jiangsu, and 4 hrs to Shanghai.
One of the attractions of the city is Lake Hongze, the fourth largest freshwater lake in China, occupying an area of 2,069 square kilometers. It has been dubbed "Lake of Treasures". Adjacent to the Grand Canal and other major rivers, Huai'an has a highly developed irrigation and water transportation system. The most important natural resource,besides water,includes rock salt, crude oil and natural gas.
LHuai'an has a subtropical monsoon climate with humid changeable wind and the average temperature is 15-20°C. The city has an abundant annual rainfall and the raining season is from the middle of June to July.

Jurisdiction Topography
Huai'an jurisdiction includes 8 county-level divisions, of which four are districts, four are counties. The special industrial zones are specifically designated as new investment areas. The districts and counties are as follows:

--HuaiAn District
--Huaiyin District
--Qinghe District
--Qingpu District
--Hongze County
--Jinhu County
--Lianshui County
--Xuyi County

Transportation and Tourism
Huai'an had its first railway, Xin-Chang Railway, in 2005, which runs through the city from its north to south. Five major highways/expressways connect Huai'an to all its neighbors and other provinces, including Jinghu (Beijing-Shanghai), Ningsuxu (Nanjing-Suqian-Xuzhou), Huaiyan (Huai'an-Yancheng), Huaisu (Huai'an-Suqian) and Ninghuai (Nanjing-Huai'an) expressways. Huai'an airport is under construction. Huai'an port is a prestigious commercial port in the Jiangsu North, using its water resources including the Grand Canal and the North Jiangsu Irrigation Channel.Tourist destinations include many parks, gardens and historical relics, including Ming Royal Cemetery, Xuyi National Forest Park, Hongze Lake, etc.

Education
Huai'an has well instituted compulsory primary education system and the secondary schools achieves significant graduate rate. There are seven higher learning institutions established in the city, including Huaiyin Institute of Technology, Huaiyin Teachers' College, Huaian Information & Technology Institute, etc.

Notable Personage
JHuai'an is well known with its notable figures in Chinese history. The well-respected first Chinese Premier of the People's Republic of China, Zhou Enlai, was born and spent twelve years of his childhood here. wHan Xin was a military general and strategist in the Han Dynasty. With his help, the first Han emperor, Liu Bang, established the Han. Wu Cheng'an, (1500-1582), was a novelist and he is the author of Journey to the West, etc.