Siming District

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Siming
思明区
District
Downtown Xiamen seen from the Gulangyu Island
Downtown Xiamen seen from the Gulangyu Island
Siming is located in Fujian
Siming
Siming
Location in Fujian
Coordinates: 24°27′38″N 118°04′26″E / 24.46056°N 118.07389°E / 24.46056; 118.07389Coordinates: 24°27′38″N 118°04′26″E / 24.46056°N 118.07389°E / 24.46056; 118.07389
Country People's Republic of China
Province Fujian
Sub-provincial city Xiamen
Area
 • Total 76 km2 (29 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 860,000
 • Density 11,000/km2 (29,000/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code 361001
Area code(s) 0592
Website http://www.siming.gov.cn

Siming District (simplified Chinese: 思明区; traditional Chinese: 思明區; pinyin: Sīmíng Qū; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Su-bêng-khu) is on southeastern Xiamen Island and the seat of the city of Xiamen, People's Republic of China.

History[edit]

Siming literally means Missing Ming Dynasty (思念明朝). In 1650, Zheng Chenggong changed the name of Xiamen to Siming Zhou (思明州). In the beginning age of the Republic of China, a Siming County was established.[1]

The place was made Zhongxin District (中心区) in October 1945. It was renamed to Siming in 1950. In April 1953, the district's government was upgraded from District Bureau (区公所) to People's Government (人民政府). From August 1966 to October 1979, Siming was named Xiangyang (向陽).

Administration[edit]

Before the merge, Siming originally had five local government street offices (街道办事处):

  • Binghai (滨海)
  • Siming (思明)
  • Wen'an (文安)
  • Xiagang (厦港)
  • Zhonghua

The above five are divided into 58 residential committees (居委会), and two villages: Zengcuoan (曾厝埯) and Huangcuo (黄厝). In May 2003, Siming's two neighbouring districts -- Gulangyu Island and the larger Kaiyuan—were merged into Siming.

Xiagang Street was originally a district in 1950.

Today, Siming has ten street offices (街道办事处):

  • Binghai (滨海)
  • Zhonghua (中华)
  • Xiagang (厦港)
  • Lianqian (莲前)
  • Jialian (嘉莲)
  • Yundang (筼筜)
  • Wucun (梧村)
  • Kaiyuan (开元)
  • Lujiang (鹭江)
  • Gulangyu

These street offices are divided into 95 residential committees (社区居委会)

Economy[edit]

Xiamen Bluebird Cartoon Company (厦门青鸟动画有限公司动画有限公司/廈門青鳥動畫有限公司; Xiàmén Qīngniǎo Dònghuà Yǒuxiàngōngsī), which makes the XingXing Fox cartoon, is headquartered in the Xiamen Software Park 2 (厦门软件园二期) in Siming District.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Chinese)Profile of Siming, Official website of Siming District Government, visited on April 14, 2008.
  2. ^ Home page. Xiamen Bluebird Cartoon Company. Retrieved on April 21, 2014.

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