Standing on the Yangtze River Delta, Nantong is in the central part of Jiangsu Province. Known as a "Pearl of the River and Sea", Nantong is a city with a history since the Chinese Han Dynasty.
As one of China’s first fourteen coastal cities permitted to open to international trade and economy, Nantong has a national reputation of "the First Window on the Yangtze River" and is one of the national tourist centers. The city is listed on the China's Top 100 Counties (county-level cities) for its comprehensive strength in economy. With the completion of the Sutong (Suzhou-Nantong) Yangtze River Bridge in April 2008, the city is becoming the best city for its economic growth and foreign investments in the Yangtze Delta Economic Zone.
Enjoying a subtropical and warm temperate monsoon climate, Nantong has relatively moderate and favorable weather with enough sunshine and abundant rainfall. Its average temperature of a year is about 15°C (59°F). The rainy season of the city usually ranges from July to September.