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Rudong County (Chinese: 如东县; Pinyin: Rúdōng Xiàn) is a county in Nantong, Jiangsu Province in the People's Republic of China. It is located on the northern bank of the Yangtze River, oppositing Shanghai. It includes 14 towns and 5 districts. The 14 towns are Juegang, Matang, Fengli, Caobu, Chahe, Shuangdian, Xindian, Hekou, Yuanzhuang, Changsha, Ju, Yangkou, Bencha and Dayu. The county seat is Juegang .
The county took its name because geographically it is located to the east of Rugao County and was one part of it. The ancient name of it was Fuhaizhou, which meant a small sand island in the ocean.
Demographics and languages
The county has many extraneous people from the south of the Yangtse River (Changjiang River), so there are two main dialects: Rudonghua which is a branch of Jianghuai Mandarin and Shadihua (Wu: Sodiwo [so di ɯo]), which is a branch of the Wu language.
Rudong is located on the bank of the Yellow Sea. As a result, there is a sizable fishing industry and the county was named "the place of seafood in China" by the Chinese Cooking Association in 2007. Rudong also contains a harbor for commercial cargo. Yankou Harbor was launched in May 2011 and includes a facility for unloading liquified natural gas. In addition, there is a wind farm near Rudong's sea bank. The farm contained 217 turbines as of 2009, making it the largest in the country in its grade.
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