Invest in Nanjing: An Overview of the Business Hubs in Jiangsu


Nanjing is the capital city of China’s Jiangsu Province, and the second largest city in eastern China after Shanghai (with a population of over nine million people). It served as the national capital for numerous centuries and is considered one of the four ancient capitals in Chinese dynastic history. Nanjing is also one of China’s fifteen sub-provincial cities, located in the Yangtze River Delta region, one of the most important supercity clusters in China.

Business environment

Nanjing is a vital regional commercial hub with had a favorable business environment and its geographical position has also contributed to its significance and has been attracting significant domestic and foreign investment. In 2022 its GDP increased reaching RMB 1.69 trillion yuan.

Nanjing is considered among the top cities serving as engines for development in the region and has attracted several foreign-invested companies and over 80 of the top Fortune 500 companies have invested in nearly 150 projects in Nanjing, including BASF GROUP, Siemens, and Bayer from Germany; Carrefour and Auchan from France; Shell and Phillips from the Netherlands; BP and Tesco from the United Kingdom; Ericsson from Sweden; Fiat, Naveco, Camoga, Brembo and Marposs from Italy; Ford, Motorola, Best Buy, Kimberly-Clark and Emerson from the United States.

Investment Advantages

Nanjing offers numerous advantages to foreign investors. Its prime geographical location as a transportation hub with high-speed train connections to Shanghai, Hangzhou, Wuhan, Ningbo, Beijing, and Tianjin, Nanjing Lukou International Airport and in addition, it is home to the world’s largest inland port.

As life quality, Nanjing enjoys Jiangsu province’s best hospital system, and while in terms of education, Jiangsu is the province in China that owns the largest number of institutions of higher education with 168 universities and college of which Nanjing University is one of the top five institutions in China.

In terms of government assistance, the Nanjing government has created a streamlined platform to meet the needs of international enterprises entering China, which includes business growth assistance, corporate and intellectual property registration, subsidy competitions and other services.

The city benefits from preferential policies from the central government, as well as additional incentives that include a wide range of beneficial policies for foreign companies seeking to establish and expand in the area.

These incentive policies aim to attract and support foreign investment in Nanjing and focus mainly on R&D support, subsidies for foreign talent and incentives for the Nanjing headquarters.


With its favorable location, robust business environment, government support, abundant talent pool, and cost advantages, Nanjing presents an attractive investment destination for foreign direct investors. The city's thriving industrial sectors, diverse manufacturing capabilities, and strong transportation infrastructure make it a promising hub for companies looking to expand their presence in China. By investing in Nanjing, businesses can tap into the city's growth potential and capitalize on its dynamic market opportunities.

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