Jieyang (Chinese: 揭阳; pinyin: Jiēyáng) is a prefecture-level city in Guangdong Province, People's Republic of China. It borders Shantou to the east, Chaozhou to the northeast, Meizhou to the north, Shanwei to the west, and looks out to the South China Sea to the south.
The prefecture-level city of Jieyang administers 5 county-level divisions, including 1 district, 1 county-level city (administered on behalf of the province) and 3 counties.
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These are further divided into 100 township-level divisions, including 69 towns, 10 townships and 21 subdistricts.
Rice cultivation and the textile industry are important to its economy.
The new Jieyang Chaoshan Airport (揭阳潮汕机场) is the third largest airport complex in Guangdong Province, after Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, and Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport. It replaced the Shantou Waisha Airport on 15 November 2011.
Jieyang is located on the Guangzhou–Meizhou–Shantou Railway.
Language and culture
The Teochew dialect is predominantly spoken in this region. The Hakka dialect, however, has its limited presence among Hakka people in Jiexi County.
1930s saw numerous Jieyang inhabitants emigrating overseas. Pontianak and Ketapang, Indonesia, Johor Bahru, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia and Thailand has large Chinese communities of Jieyang origin. In 1991, the Chinese central government have approved that Jieyang become a prefecture-level city.
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