The Port of Taizhou is in central Jiangsu in the People’s Republic of China. On the Yangtze River’s north bank, its neighboring cities are Nantong (to the east), Yangzhou (to the west), and Yancheng (to the north). The Port of Taizhou is the hometown of President Hu Jintao. It is connected to Yangzhou city by the Tongyang Canal, which also links Nantong and Jiangsu. A 1952 canal linked the Port of Taizhou directly to the Yangtze River and made it an important point for the movement of goods like wheat and cotton to large cities in south of the river. In 2002, the population of the Port of Taizhou was over 312 thousand.
The Port of Taizhou has a long history. Named Hailing County in 117 BC, it was renamed Taizhou prefecture by the Southern Tang Dynasty, and it has kept that name for the last 2100 years. It gained independence from Yangzhou in the 10th Century AD. During the Ming Dynasty from 1368 to 1644, the Port of Tinzhou was a center for salt trading and home to wealthy salt merchants.
Since its beginnings, the Port of Taizhou has been an important central hub for Jiangsu province. It has produced many famous artists, and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army was born there.
Today, the Port of Taizhou is home to many local agricultural industries including flour mills, manufacture of fishing net, and textile works. Over the past 20 years, it has enjoyed steady economic growth.