- Pingxiang, Jiangxi
simplified Chinese: 萍乡, pinyin: Píngxiāng),old time called P'ing-Shang, is a medium-sized prefecture-level citylocated in western Jiangxiprovince, China.
Geography and climate
Pingxiang is located in western Jiangxi along the border with
Hunan. Its area is 3,827 km². Most of that area is hills 66% and mountains 27% with less than 7% flatlands. The climate is sub-tropical with annual average temperatures of 17°C and precipitation of 1600 mm. Yearly there are 1,600 hours of sunlight and 270 frost-free days.
Archaeological evidence suggests Pingxiang was first settled during the stone age. During the
Han dynasty, it was part of Yichun. During the Three Kingdoms, in 267, it became Pingxiang county, which at that time was a higher level of administration than today. During the Tang dynastyit was part of the Jiangnanxi Circuitand was called Yuanzhou. Its name and area of administration was changed again many times until 1970 when it was changed to what it is today.
Pingxiang (萍乡) has direct jurisdiction over two
urban districts, 1 economic development zone, three counties, 28 towns, 18 townships, and 7 sub-districts.
Anyuan Economic Development Zone安源经济开发区)
Population is 1,810,000.
2004 GDP was 17.256 billion RMB, 18% growth over the previous year. Rural income was 3322 RMB and urban was 7858 RMB. Pingxiang is a hub for transportation. Several national highways and the main rail line between Changsha and Nanchang all run through here.
* [http://www.pingxiang.gov.cn/ Official Website (Chinese)]
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