Yangzhou Lacquerware Factory is the largest lacquerware producer in all China. "Lacquerware" is a sort of catch-all term for the sort of decorative articles often brought home by tourists as souvenirs. The lacquer industry in Yangzhou is a 2,000 year old affair, and this factory carries on that tradition proudly, having won numerous national and international awards for its craftsmanship.
The Yangzhou Lacquerware Factory imports and exports numerous unique works of art annually. Its wares include screens bearing paintings and frescos or inlaid with jade or pearl, quality stationary and ink slabs, uniquely designed furniture pieces, tea sets, smoking sets, vases, trays, decorative boxes, bowls, cabinets, and more. Over 2,000 kinds of items are produced. These traditional handicrafts of China are created using numerous techniques including carving, inlaying, engraving, polishing, dotting, and painting.
The "Lacquer Flower" brand of the Yangzhou Lacquerware Factory is famous nation and world wide. These products have often been given to foreign dignitaries or collected in China as valued national treasures. The tourist would do well to peruse them and to pick out one or two to take home.
Yangzhou is located on the Yangdao River, just south of Lake Shaobo from which the Yangdao flows, and just to the north of the Yangtze River into which the Yangdao merges. It is about 60 km (35 mi) northeast from Nanjing, and 120 km (70 mi) northwest from Shanghai. The nearest airport is in Nanjing, and a bus ride from there to Yangzhou takes about an hour.
The Lacquerware Factory is located right in the middle of Yangzhou, and can be easily accessed by bus, taxi, or walking from nearby hotels. Fares are low for taxis, and buses operate from 6 a.m. till 6 p.m. The address is 50 Yanhe Street, the same address as the the on-site Yangzhou Craft and Art Museum.
December through February is somewhat chilly, although if one can put up with a little cold, he or she can enjoy the celebration of Chinese New Year in January or February at the Daming Monastery. The sound of gongs and drums and the sight of lion and dragon dances will be memorable.
The summer monsoons come in June through August, and, while producing beautiful plum blossoms (its is called "plum rain season"), will force you to bring your umbrella. Typhoons hit in August and September.
Probably the best time to see Yangzhou and the Lacquerware Factory is in the spring, when the wild Chinese viburnum and other local flowers are in full bloom. In March, the International Economy and Trade Tourist Festival exhibits local culture. The activities include a Yangzhou Food Festival, theater acts, and a city-wide touring event.
The other good time to visit is October, when the Luna Cultural Festival is held. It also celebrates Yangzhou culture, has the food festival and city tour, and adds in a Bathing Festival as well.