Location of Dazhou City jurisdiction in Sichuan
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|Time zone||China Standard (UTC+8)|
|Licence Plate Prefixes||川S|
|Administrative division code||511700|
Dazhou (simplified Chinese: 达州; traditional Chinese: 達州; pinyin: Dázhōu; Wade–Giles: Ta-chou) is a prefecture-level city in the northeast corner of Sichuan province, People's Republic of China, bordering Shaanxi to the north and Chongqing to the east and south.
Geography and climate
Dazhou is the easternmost prefecture-level division of the province, bordering Ankang and Hanzhong (both in Shaanxi) to the north, Chengkou County, Kai County, and Wanzhou District of Chongqing to the east, the Chongqing counties of Liangping and Dianjiang to the south, Guang'an to the southwest, Nanchong to the west, and Bazhong to the northwest. It is centrally located between Chongqing and Xi'an. The area is 16,600 square kilometres (6,400 sq mi).
The terrain is largely mountainous (Daba Mountains and adjacent ranges).
Typical of the Sichuan Basin, Dazhou has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cwa) and is largely mild and humid, with four distinct seasons. Winter is short, mild, and foggy, though actual precipitation is low. January averages 6.1 °C (43.0 °F), and while frost may occur, snow is rare. Summers are long, hot and humid, with highs often exceeding 33 °C (91 °F). The monthly daily average in August, the warmest month, is 27.5 °C (81.5 °F). Rainfall is light in winter and can be heavy in summer, and over 70% of the annual total occurs from May to September. The annual frost-free period lasts around 300 days.
|Climate data for Dazhou(1971−2000)|
|Average high °C (°F)||9.4
|Average low °C (°F)||3.8
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||16.5
|Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm)||8.2||8.1||11.3||13.3||14.3||14.4||13.9||11.2||14.4||13.9||10.7||8.4||142.1|
|Source: Weather China|
- China National Highway 210
- Xiangyu Railway (Xiangyang, Hubei−Chongqing)
- Dacheng Railway (达成铁路) (Dacheng−Chengdu)
- A branch line from Dacheng to Wanzhou, Chongqing where it connects with the Yiwan Railway
- Dazhou Heshi Airport, which has frequent flights to Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai and other major cities domestically on daily basis
Dazhou's history goes back to the Eastern Han Dynasty when in 90 AD it was made a county by the name of Liweizhou (历为州). Then until the Liao Dynasty its name was Zaidi (在地). During the Liao and Tang dynasties its name was again changed, this time to Tongzhou (通州). Finally in the Song Dynasty it was given its present name of Dazhou.
Notable people from Dazhou include the Three Kingdoms writer Chen Shou, Song Dynasty astronomer Zhang Sixun, and Ming and Qing Dynasty philosopher and educator Tang Zhen. Dazhou also made notable contributions to the Communist Revolution. Red Army heroes such as Xu Xiangqian, Li Xiannian, Xu Shiyou, Wang Weizhou (王维舟), and Zhang Aiping were all from or lived in Dazhou.
The Peace Corps has sent English teaching volunteers to both branches of the Sichuan University of Arts and Science for over 15 years.
It is one of Sichuan's most populous cities with 6,380,000 residents.
|#||Name||Hanzi||Hanyu Pinyin||Population (2004 est.)||Area (km²)||Density (/km²)|
|1||Tongchuan District||通川区||Tōngchuān Qū||390,000||451||865|
|2||Wanyuan City||万源市||Wànyuán Shì||560,000||4,065||138|
|3||Dachuan District||达川区||Dáchuān Qū||1,240,000||2,688||461|
|4||Xuanhan County||宣汉县||Xuānhàn Xiàn||1,170,000||4,266||274|
|5||Kaijiang County||开江县||Kāijiāng Xiàn||570,000||1,033||552|
|6||Dazhu County||大竹县||Dàzhú Xiàn||1,070,000||2,075||516|
|7||Qu County||渠县||Qú Xiàn||1,370,000||2,013||681|
Dazhou is an important river and land transportation hub for the region. Numerous national highways, expressways, and rail lines pass through Dazhou connecting it directly with major cities in China such as Chengdu, Xi'an, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Beijing, etc., making it one of Sichuan's important trade centers.
Dazhou has numerous natural resources including large natural gas fields and an abundance of mineral resources such as salt, coal, manganese, lithium, and limestone. Major agricultural products include pork, beef, and tea. Other industries are chemical production, coal power, metallurgy, textiles, building materials, and processed food.
Dazhou is blessed with both cultural and natural attractions. There are several national and provincial cultural sites and many national and provincial protected forests and nature reserves. Xuanhan's Baili Gorges have scenery and rapids, leading to the nickname "Little Three Gorges". Mountains are this area's greatest attraction.
Protest of January 2007
Dazhou's Dazhu County was the site of a mass protest in January 2007.