Lianyungang (zh-stp|s=连云港|t=連雲港|p=Liányúngǎng lit. "the port connected to the clouds") is a
prefecture-level cityin northeastern Jiangsuprovince, People's Republic of China. It borders Yanchengto its southeast, Huai'anand Suqianto its south, Xuzhouto its southwest, and the province of Shandongto its north. Its name derives from Lian Island (formally Dongxilian Island) the largest island in Jiangsu Province which lies off its coastline, and Yuntai Mountain, the highest peak in Jiangsu Province, a few miles from its town centre.
Lianyungang (as Yuntai Mountain) was one of the four original ports opened up for foreign trade in the 1680s by the
Qing DynastyGovernment. The others were Ningbo, Xiamenand Guangzhou.
prefecture-level cityof Lianyungang administers 7 county-level divisions, including 3 districts and 4 counties.
Lianyungang is situated between 118°24' and 119°48' east longitude and 34°11' and 35°07' north latitude. Lianyungang covers an area of 7,444 km².
Lianyungang is the eastern end of the
New Eurasia Continental Landbridgeand the proposed Northern East West Freight Corridor, is one of the first 14 Chinese coastal cities opening to the outside world, and is a rising centre of industry, foreign trade and tourism in east China.
This port is located in the center of the coast, linking eastern sea routes with western land routes. Both
Japanand the Republic of Koreain the east can be reached economically and conveniently from Liangyungang, which is also part of the world-wide network of sea transport. As well as this, the New Eurasia Continental Landbridge and the railway networks in Western Europe continue by land, connecting Lianyungang with over 40 countries and regions in Europe, South Asiaand the Middle East.
At present, the Chinese government has clearly stated its intention to build an economic belt along the New Eurasia Continental landbridge in "the 9th Five-Year Plan of National Economy and Social Development and the Long-range Goal for the Year 2010"; and on "China's 21st Century Agenda", Lianyungang is to be developed into an international seaport linking countries on the Pacific rim with those in Central Asia. In the "National Ocean Development Plan" it is listed as one of three special development zones.
In a nation with a male-to-female ratio that is skewed toward males, Lianyungang is a particularly extreme example. According to the China Family Planning Association, there are 163.5 boys for every 100 girls in the city.
*flagicon|Australia - Geelong,
*flagicon|Japan - Saga,
*flagicon|South Korea -
Mokpo, South Korea(1992.11.01)
* [http://www.lyg.gov.cn Government website of Lianyungang] (available in Chinese, English, Japanese and Korean)
* [http://lianyungang.jiangsu.net Lianyungang comprehensive guide with open directory] (Jiangsu.NET)
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