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Set on the Yangzi 150km north of Nanchang, JIUJIANG (九江, jiŭjiāng) had its heyday in the nineteenth century as a treaty port, and now serves as a jumping-off point for tourists exchanging the torrid lowland summers for Lu Shan’s cooler climes. A small but important staging post for river traffic, Jiujiang grew wealthy during the Ming dynasty through trade in Jingdezhen porcelain. Largely destroyed during the Taiping Uprising, the town was rebuilt as a treaty port in the 1860s, and today enjoys a low-scale renaissance, its docks busy once again from dawn till dusk.

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