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Prefecture-level city
Yanglan Lake in central Ezhou
Yanglan Lake in central Ezhou
Location in Hubei and the PRC
Location in Hubei and the PRC
Ezhou is located in Hubei
Location in Hubei
Coordinates: 30°24′N 114°53′E / 30.400°N 114.883°E / 30.400; 114.883
Country People's Republic of China
Province Hubei
 • Prefecture-level city 1,593.54 km2 (615.27 sq mi)
 • Urban 1,593.54 km2 (615.27 sq mi)
 • Metro 963.4 km2 (372.0 sq mi)
Population (2010 census[1])
 • Prefecture-level city 1,048,668
 • Density 660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
 • Urban 1,048,668
 • Urban density 660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
 • Metro 1,035,496
 • Metro density 1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Website http://www.ezhou.gov.cn/

Ezhou (Chinese: 鄂州; pinyin: Èzhōu) is a prefecture-level city in eastern Hubei Province, China. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 1,048,668, of which 668,727 lived in the core Echeng District. The Ezhou - Huanggang built-up (or metro) area was home to 1,035,496 inhabitants from the Echeng and Huangzhou, Huanggang Districts.


Ezhou lies on the southern bank of the Yangtze River east of the southern section of Wuchang, across the river from the city of Huanggang via the Ehuang Bridge. Sandwiched between the cities of Wuhan and Huangshi, Ezhou has a relatively small area of 1,504 square kilometres (581 sq mi).[2]

There are many lakes in Ezhou, including the Liangzihu and Yanglan Hu along with more than 133 lakes and pools. The city is the origin of Wuchang Bream and as a result is nicknamed "City of one hundred lakes" and "The land of fish and rice".


A 1915 map showing a small section of Wuchang (today's Ezhou), across the river from Hwang-Chow (Huangzhou), the modern central urban area of Huanggang, along with a much larger area further west (adjacent to Hanyang and Hankou)

The name "Ezhou" dates to the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE) and derives from the nearby ancient Zhou Dynasty (1046–256 BCE) vassal State of E. Although the administrative seat of the city changed several times, the name remained unchanged until the Three Kingdoms era (220−280) at which time it became the capital of the state of Eastern Wu ruled by Sun Quan and was renamed "Wuchang". This name remained in use as late as 1915, which proved confusing to travellers as it was also applied to the much larger city of Wuchang, itself shortly to become part of Wuhan.[3]

Throughout China's history Ezhou has remained an important city politically, economically, and militarily with its strategic position along the middle part of the Yangtze River. It is also an important location in the history of the Pure Land Sect of Buddhism.


On the streets of Ezhou

Ezhou has three districts.



Ezhou television company tower

Ezhou has six ports on the Yangtze including one than can handle up to 10,000-tonne (9,800-long-ton; 11,000-short-ton) vessels. Many important rail lines and national highways cross the area. This infrastructure make it a major logistics and distribution center. Important industries include metallurgy, construction materials, textiles, chemicals, and machinery.

The passenger train station, located southwest of downtown, is served by a large number of long-distance passenger trains that pass Ezhou on their way from Wuhan to cities in the east. In Hubei, there are no commuter trains per se, but it takes only about one hour (usually, with a stop at Huarong) to reach Wuhan's Wuchang District train station from Ezhou using any of those trains. The distance from the Ezhou station to Wuchang by rail is 82 kilometres (51 mi).[4]


Ezhou is served by the E-Huang Expressway, China National Highways 106 and 316, and the Wuhan–Jiujiang Railway. Ezhou has two two bridges over the Yangtze.


Ezhou has several sites noted for their natural beauty. The West Hill is in the heart of the city and Lotus Hill nearby. There are also three lakes, Liangzhi, Yanglang, and Honglian.


  1. ^ http://www.citypopulation.de/php/china-hubei-admin.php
  2. ^ Location of Ezhou 鄂州地理位置 (Chinese)
  3. ^ "鄂州历史纪要". 新华网. Retrieved 30 September 2007. 
  4. ^ Ezhou (鄂州) schedule search at tielu.org

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Coordinates: 30°24′N 114°50′E / 30.400°N 114.833°E / 30.400; 114.833