It was founded around the 7th Century BC, and from the 8th Century BC was a powerful seat of domain rulers.
Today, it is known for its riverfront, architecture, pagodas, temples, clear streams, parks, rolling countryside, factories, and research centers specializing in agriculture, particularly silk worm plantations.
People Born in Zhenjiang
Zhenjiang in People's Lives
Pearl S. Buck: I lived here from 1896 to 1901, moving here with my missionary parents. I was only four years old when I came here, and consider this the place that I grew up, my true home. I lived quite a bi-cultural life, since my parents wanted their children to still uphold their western religion and background but also be at home in the world of the Chinese, whom they considered equals. I grew up speaking English, Mandarin, and Cantonese - the last of which I was tutored in by a kind old man named Mr. Kung. I fell gravely ill with diptheria in 1899, but recovered. When the Boxer Rebellion arose in 1898, life became more difficult for my family. Being white, we were abandoned by our Chinese friends, and most of the fellow Westerners we had known left the country. My father decided that the family should move to Shanghai for safety, though he himself would remain here. We left in 1901, and after a brief visit to America - a place that I viewed as a foreign country - we moved back here in 1902. I was happy to be home, and was, being almost 12 now, enrolled in Miss Jewell's School, which I disliked. The other girls there displayed cruel and racist attitudes toward the Chinese, which enfuriated me. Barely any could speak a word of Chinese, much less both Mandarin and Cantonese fluently. Outside of school, I greatly enjoyed reading the novels of Charles Dickens, though my father disapproved. In 1911, when I was 18, I left this city. I headed to the United States to enroll in university. After graduating in 1914, I did not plan to return to China. However, as always, this city drew me back. My mother fell gravely ill, and so I enrolled as a missionary in order to gain passage back to this city. I lived here, with my family, once again from 1914 - 1917, working as a missionary. In 1917, after marrying fellow missionary John Lossing Buck, I moved to Suzhou.