Nanjing, China

Nanjing, China

by Adam Goodwin | 2013

I recently wrote a blog post about the Summer Youth Olympic Games approaching in August 2014 in China.  As promised in that blog post, I did some research and digging to find out a little bit more about the host city, Nanjing, China.  Please enjoy what I found, below.


China is a marvel of a country.  The world’s largest population with 1.3 billion individuals.  The world’s second largest economy after the United States of America.

A country with over 5000 years of civilization and history.  A country with 292 languages and over 50 ethnic groups represented.

They still believe in simple, human-centred etiquette.  Good posture, punctuality (insult to be late), quiet voice, respect silence, politeness, modesty, no excessive use of hand gestures or facial expressions, and no pointing.

The Chinese strongly believe in and value relationships.  Fitness is also extremely important to China.  Over 400 million individuals in China play basketball for leisure.  Other mainstream sports include badminton, football/soccer, and table tennis.


Nanjing is located in the Jiangsu province in Eastern China.

A city of 8 million individuals, it is one of China’s largest commercial centres.

It is one of China’s four ancient capitols.  The word nanjing, when broken into component means, nan – ‘south’ and jing – ‘capitol.’  It is China’s previous capitol city and as it is located in the south of the vast country, has been named the Southern Capitol (conversely, Beijing means north capitol).

It is a city of culture.  If you have read my blog post on the Summer Youth Olympic Games (click here), and understand the Culture and Education Program, you can see why Nanjing is such a good fit for this upcoming summer’s Games.

Also fitting for the Youth Games, is the city’s 32 degree average during August.

Your Call to Action

Quickly view my blog post on the Summer Youth Olympic Games happening in Nanjing in mid- to late-August 2014.  I encourage everyone to take some time and watch all of today’s Youth Olympians – in a blink they are tomorrow’s Olympians!


These are one person’s thoughts and opinions.  I welcome and strive to get your feedback and own thoughts. Feel free to comment below or connect with me via social media.

Adam Goodwin is a Canadian working in the United Kingdom, and is a proud shameless idealist. His parents currently work in Cairo, Egypt. He has siblings and distant family in Canada and around the rainbow nation’s only home. Follow his year+ overseas on Twitter (@adam13goodwin) and on this blog

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