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For the protagonist in AnoHana, see Jintan
County-level city
Jintan is located in Jiangsu
Location in Jiangsu
Coordinates: 31°43′19″N 119°31′44″E / 31.722°N 119.529°E / 31.722; 119.529Coordinates: 31°43′19″N 119°31′44″E / 31.722°N 119.529°E / 31.722; 119.529
Country People's Republic of China
Province Jiangsu
Prefecture-level city Changzhou
 • Total 976.7 km2 (377.1 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 552,047
 • Density 570/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Traditional Chinese 金壇
Simplified Chinese 金坛
Postal Map Jintan

Jintan is a county-level city under the administration of Changzhou in the Jiangsu province of the People's Republic of China. The city has been dubbed the “Golden Jug” in Chinese since 688 A.D. It has a long history of human civilization, tracing back to the Western Zhou Dynasty. The city has been honored as the provincial garden city since 2006.


Jintan is located in Jiangsu province in southern China and is surrounded by Shanghai, Hangzhou and Nanjing. The name Jintan derives from the name of Jinshan county. On November 10, 1993 Jintan was reclassified from a county and officially became a city. In 1987, the county comprised 22 towns, with the county government located in Jincheng town. The county was part of Changzhou, Jiangsu province. Jintan has a total area of 976.7 square kilometers (301.65 sq mi). The total land area is 781.27 square kilometers (301.65 sq mi), and water covers an area of 194.22 square kilometers (74.99 sq mi). Because of these proportions, Jintan is commonly known as the "two mountain two water six points field". As of 2010, it has a permanent resident population of 552,047 people. Jintan is a 2-3 hour bus ride from Shanghai.


Wu Chinese is the vernacular language spoken here. Some versions include local dialect and northern Jiangsu dialect. Due to Jintan's geographical location, a fusion of languages has been created. The language habits of the floating population have influenced the local language.


Geography and geomorphology[edit]

Western Jintan includes the mountainous region Maoshan, which covers an area of about 223 square kilometres (86 sq mi). The highest peak of Maoshan is 372.5 metres (1,222 ft) above sea level. Flatlands lie in the east of Jintan, part of the Taihu Plain, with an area of about 752 square kilometres (290 sq mi).

Lakes and Rivers[edit]

Jintan has 216 rivers, totaling 512 kilometres (318 mi) long. In the southeast Tiao Lake (also named Changdang Lake), covers 8,200 hectares (32 sq mi). This lake is one of the ten largest freshwater lakes in Jiangsu province.


Jintan is in the municipal Northern subtropical monsoon climate zone. Jintan City's climate is mild and humid with four distinct seasons. The annual average temperature is15.3 °C (59.5 °F), while average annual precipitation 1,063.5 millimetres (41.87 in). The frost-free period covers 228 days, and the average humidity is 78%.


Jintan is a relatively important and clean industrial city. It is known for its brown vinegar production. In 2008 the GDP reached 26.3 billion yuan and GDP per capita reached 48,257 yuan (US$7,060).

Notable persons from Jintan[edit]

There is now a very prestigious middle school which is named in his honor.

  • Song Ruixiang, a geologist, former Minister of Geology and Mineral Resources, and former governor of Qinghai, was born in Jintan.

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