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Nantong, located in Jiangsu province, is one of the first 14 cities in China to open its investment doors to the world by becoming a specially designated area for foreign trade and investment.
The city of Nantong covers an area of 8,001 square kilometers, and has a population of 7.66 million. Nantong has been called the “Window of the Yangtze River Delta,” and also the “The First City in Modern China.”
On May 8, 2008, Premier Wen Jiabao ordered the development of Jiangsu’s coastline to be placed on a high level of importance in the national strategy to promote economic growth in the region. On June 10, 2009, the State Council then passed the “Development Plan of Coastal Areas in Jiangsu,” in which Nantong was listed as one of the three major cities whose development was to be accelerated. This ideal location has resulted in Nantong’s successful development in the Yangtze River Delta.
Situated on the eastern coast line of China, north of Shanghai, Nantong stands as one of the fastest developing cities in China. To the east of Nantong is the Yellow Sea, to
the south lies the Yangtze River, and to the north is the Northern Jiangsu Plain. Nantong is positioned only one hour North of Shanghai, and is referred to as being within the “One-Hour-Economic-Circle.”