Enshi City

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Enshi
恩施市
County-level city
The Qing River Bridge
The Qing River Bridge
Enshi is located in Hubei
Enshi
Enshi
Location in Hubei
Coordinates: 30°17′N 109°29′E / 30.283°N 109.483°E / 30.283; 109.483Coordinates: 30°17′N 109°29′E / 30.283°N 109.483°E / 30.283; 109.483
Country People's Republic of China
Province Hubei
Prefecture Enshi
Area
 • Total 3,967 km2 (1,532 sq mi)
Elevation 420 m (1,380 ft)
Population
 • Total 780,000
 • Density 200/km2 (510/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code 445000
Area code(s) 0718
Website hbenshi.gov.cn

Enshi (Chinese: 恩施; pinyin: Ēnshī) is a county-level city in and the seat of Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, in western Hubei province, People's Republic of China. The prefecture's legislature, executive and judiciary are seated here, as well as its CPC and Public Security bureau.

The entire county-level city of Enshi has an area of 3,967 square kilometres (1,532 sq mi) and a population of 780,000.[1]

History[edit]

The earliest records of Enshi start in 770bc. At that time the area was a State known as Bazi until 476b. From 475 to 221 it became a county, after which it was assumed into the Chinese Dynasties starting with Qin.

Tourism[edit]

The city is built alongside the Qing River and is surrounded by forest covered mountains. The city has many hotels, restaurants and spas. Restaurants here in general cater for Chinese tastes; however there is one western style restaurant called "Mac Home" in the city center. The food in Enshi is spicy and includes many "Hot Pot" style dishes as well as smoked pork and chirzo style sausage meat, spicy fried potatoes and lamb skewers.

There is a beautiful Forest Park in Enshi which offers splendid scenery and views of the city as well as an amusement park. there is an out-door cafe in the park with hammocks which sells fresh ground coffee. During the summer months there is white water rafting tours available on the river.

The City Center has a shopping district catering for most tastes. There is a local night club located under the "shelter bridge" called the "Soho Times". The Club hosts some local DJs and is well worth a visit.

Economy[edit]

In earlier 2013 Enshi's economy appeared to be booming with many multistory building construction sites in operation. The city is home to a busy college and University. Agriculture in and around the city is strong with almost all available land being used to grow vegetables. There is a two hospital campuses in the city, many banks, supermarkets and shops. The city also has a tobacco factory.

Climate[edit]

Enshi has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa), with short, cool winters, hot, humid summers, and high humidity year-round. The monthly 24-hour average temperature ranges from 5.0 °C (41.0 °F) in January to 26.7 °C (80.1 °F) in August, while the annual mean is 16.18 °C (61.1 °F). More than two-thirds of the annual precipitation of 1,470 millimetres (58 in) occurs from May to September. With monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 12% in January to 50% in August, the city receives only 1,212 hours of bright sunshine annually; winter is especially overcast while July thru September is the sunniest period of the year.


Climate data for Enshi City (1971−2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 8.3
(46.9)
10.3
(50.5)
14.9
(58.8)
21.6
(70.9)
25.9
(78.6)
28.8
(83.8)
31.6
(88.9)
32.5
(90.5)
27.3
(81.1)
21.6
(70.9)
15.9
(60.6)
10.4
(50.7)
20.8
(69.4)
Average low °C (°F) 2.6
(36.7)
4.0
(39.2)
7.5
(45.5)
12.6
(54.7)
16.8
(62.2)
20.2
(68.4)
22.8
(73)
22.6
(72.7)
18.8
(65.8)
13.9
(57)
9.0
(48.2)
4.3
(39.7)
12.9
(55.3)
Precipitation mm (inches) 29.0
(1.142)
34.2
(1.346)
61.1
(2.406)
127.5
(5.02)
186.2
(7.331)
237.1
(9.335)
257.5
(10.138)
162.0
(6.378)
163.3
(6.429)
119.0
(4.685)
64.3
(2.531)
29.2
(1.15)
1,470.4
(57.891)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 11.5 11.4 15.1 15.9 16.3 16.6 16.3 12.8 12.6 14.4 11.9 11.2 166.0
 % humidity 84 80 80 79 79 81 81 76 80 84 85 85 81.2
Mean monthly sunshine hours 37.9 44.6 63.1 105.7 124.8 124.4 166.5 204.1 125.7 96.5 69.4 49.2 1,211.9
Percent possible sunshine 12 14 17 27 30 30 39 50 34 27 22 16 27.3
Source: China Meteorological Administration


Transportation[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profile of Enshi City" (in Chinese). Official website of Enshi city government. Retrieved April 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ Qing Jiang Bridge

External links[edit]