Jiangnan University (JU) is located in the city of Wuxi, 2 hours’ drive from Shanghai in the east and Nanjing in the west. With a civilization of over 6,000 to 7,000 years, Wuxi was built 3,000 years ago and is one of the earliest cities in Jiangsu Province. Wuxi enjoys the sub-tropical maritime climate with four distinct seasons and plenty of rainfall in spring and summer. Its average annual temperature is 15.5℃. At present, it is home to 6.5 million residents and known far and wide for its convenient location as a transportation hub as well as an economic powerhouse.A mild climate, convenient transport network, reasonable cost of living and beautiful sceneries combined will make you stay and study here enjoyable and unforgettable.
Wuxi is a city of Wu culture, also the hometown of Tai Bo, the founder and first King of Wu Kingdom (12th century BC—476 BC). Wu Kingdom left Wuxi numerous historical heritages and distinctive characteristics, which can be identified in its dialect, architecture, waterway transportation and various art types. It is one of the art and cultural centers of "Jiangnan" (south of Jiangsu and Anhui Province，North of Zhejiang and Jiangxi Province) with several famous Chinese authors and many academicians claiming Wuxi as their hometown. Among them, most recently, Qian Zhongshu, author of Fortress Besieged, a comedy of manners set in China in the 1930s. One of the handicraft specialties of Wuxi is the production of Huishan clay figurines.
In modern times Wuxi has produced a number of cultural figures such as Hua Yanjun (1893–1950) also known as "Blind Abing", famous for his erhu and pipa music. Another famous musician is Liu Tianhua, who was the first to compile folk music using staff.
For certain, you can get a strong taste of the magnificent Chinese culture and history in Wuxi.