With a history of over 3,000 years, Zhenjiang is a famous historical and cultural city and a top tourist destination, as well as a state model city for environmental protection in Jiangsu, China. With a large number of cultural relics and historical spots, Zhenjiang boasts three state-level and nineteen provincial-level units of cultural artifact protection. Zhenjiang enjoys a natural picturesque scenery, a very rich cultural deposit and many great names throughout history, such as Shenkuo, Xin Qiji, Wang Anshi, Liu Xie and Wang Changling, etc., who left here monumental works and masterpieces.
One of the most intriguing legends associated with Zhenjiang, "Tale of the White Snake", was spread over generations through Chinese folklore. It depicts a fantastic love story of a magic white snake thousands of years old reuniting with her human lover. This folk story has been adopted, edited and played in many Chinese folk operas, novels and movies.