Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu province in eastern China and has a prominent place in Chinese history and culture, having been the capital of China on several occasions. Its present name means "Southern Capital".
Located in the lower Yangtze River drainage basin and Yangtze River Delta economic zone, Nanjing has long been one of China's most important cities. It is recognized as one of the four great ancient capitals of China. Nanjing has long been a national center of education, research, transport networks and tourism.
With an urban population of over seven million (2011), Nanjing is the second-largest commercial centre in the East China region after Shanghai.
Nanjing hosted the FIVB U21 World Championships 2017 as well as a 1 star World Tour event in 2017.