Nanchang: Revolutionary Road.

By Mark Andrews

Inner Circle – Shangri-la Hotels. June 2015

A rapidly modernising city with an important role in the creation of modern China offers a gateway to the countryside.

A glance at the busy phalanx of skyscrapers flanking the Gan River reveals the new revolution that Nanchang is experiencing. For most Chinese people, however, Nanchang is best known for its pivotal role in the path to the creation of the People’s Republic of China.

Today, the city is undergoing rapid modernisation with a new five-line subway system part of that process. Shangri-La Hotel, Nanchang is one of the gleaming new towers on the banks of the Gan River and will soon have a subway station at its doorstep. Many of the hotel rooms have commanding views over the Ganjiang River in Nanchang. Just a short walk away is Qiushui Square, where a light, water and sound extravaganza takes place every night at 8 and 9 p.m. The light show starts with the fountains at the square and gradually moves onto the tall buildings lining the banks, all to a musical accompaniment.

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Mark Andrews has written about everything from Japanese houses to heli hikes on New Zealand glaciers, test drives of Chinese cars to bar and restaurant reviews. He currently specialises in travel articles and reviews of Chinese cars plus articles about the Chinese auto industry.

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