Longquan

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Longquan
龙泉市
County-level city
Coordinates: 28°04′N 119°08′E / 28.067°N 119.133°E / 28.067; 119.133
Country People's Republic of China
Province Zhejiang
Prefecture-level city Lishui
Township-level divisions 3 subdistricts
8 towns
7 townships
1 ethnic township
District seat Longyuan Subdistrict (龙渊街道)
Elevation 195 m (640 ft)
Population
 • Total 270,000
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code 323700
Area code(s) 0578

Longquan (simplified Chinese: 龙泉; traditional Chinese: 龍泉; pinyin: Lóngquán) is a county-level city under the administration of in the municipal region of Lishui City in the southwest of Zhejiang Province, People's Republic of China, located on the upper reaches of the Ou River.

The name literally means "Dragon Fountain".

Demographics[edit]

Longquan currently has a population of around 270,000.

There is an Ethnic Township set aside for the She-nation minority at Zhuyang (竹垟).

Notable Features[edit]

Longquan is famous locally for its swords and porcelain, both of which are often regarded as the finest in China. The swords made in Longquan (Longquanjian) are famous among martial artists in China. Modern sword production is now led by a workshop named "Shenguanglong" whose sword-making history can be traced back to the twentieth year of Guangxu in the Qing Dynasty. There are several private and state-owned swords-making factories in Longquan. They welcome visitors and the tours are available. However, the tourists must be very careful when buying swords from some of the local factories: even the high price tag specimens can be of a poor quality, especially when it concerns their fittings (e.g., www.lqbj.cn). Equally, Longquan porcelain (Longquanyao) is highly prized among collectors. Longquanyao had 1800 years' history before unfortunately disappearing during the Qing Dynasty.

Industry[edit]

The city has a static inverter plant of HVDC Three Gorges-Changzhou.

Administration[edit]

The city's executive, legislature and judiciary are at Longyuan Subdistrict (龙渊街道), together with the CPC and PSB branches. The other divisions, numbering 2 subdistricts, 8 towns, 7 townships and 1 ethnic township, are as follows:[1]

Subdistricts:

Towns:

Townships:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2011年统计用区划代码和城乡划分代码:龙泉市" (in Simplified Chinese). National Bureau of Statistics of the People's Republic of China. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 

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