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|— Prefecture-level city —|
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|• CPC Secretary||Zhang Hongming (张鸿铭)|
|• Land||9,411 km2 (3,634 sq mi)|
|• Water||80,000 km2 (30,000 sq mi)|
|• Urban||1,264 km2 (488 sq mi)|
|• Metro||1,538 km2 (594 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||1,382 m (4,534 ft)|
|Lowest elevation||0 m (0 ft)|
|Population (2010 census)|
|• Prefecture-level city||5,968,800|
|• Urban density||1,200/km2 ( 3,200/sq mi)|
|• Metro density||730/km2 ( 1,900/sq mi)|
|Time zone||China Standard (UTC+8)|
|GDP 2009||¥202.5 billion|
|GDP per capita 2009||¥35,148|
|License Plate Prefix||浙J|
|City flower: Sweet Osmanthus|
Taizhou (help·info) (Chinese: 台州; pinyin: Tāizhōu, not Táizhōu; Taizhou dialect: T'e-tsiu), formerly T'ai-chow is an emerging city along the eastern coast of Zhejiang province, People's Republic of China facing the East China Sea and the Pacific Ocean to the east. It lies 300 kilometres (190 mi) due south of Shanghai and is 230 kilometres (140 mi) from Hangzhou, the provincial capital. Administratively, it is a prefecture-level city and is bordered by Ningbo to the north, Wenzhou to the south, and Shaoxing, Jinhua, Lishui to the northwest, west and southwest respectively.
At the time of 2010 census, the whole population of Taizhou, including the whole prefecture-level city and subsidiary counties was 5,968,800 with 1,575,252 in the emerging urban area made of 3 urban districts, Jiaojiang, Huangyan and Luqiao.
|1||Jiaojiang District||椒江区||Jiāojiāng Qū|
|2||Huangyan District||黄岩区||Huángyán Qū|
|3||Luqiao District||路桥区||Lùqiáo Qū|
|4||Linhai City||临海市||Línhǎi Shì|
|5||Wenling City||温岭市||Wēnlǐng Shì|
|6||Sanmen County||三门县||Sānmén Xiàn|
|7||Tiantai County||天台县||Tiāntāi Xiàn|
|8||Xianju County||仙居县||Xiānjū Xiàn|
|9||Yuhuan County||玉环县||Yùhuán Xiàn|
Five thousand years ago, the ancestors of the modern inhabitants began to settle in this area.
Early to Xia Dynasty, Shang Dynasty, Zhou Dynasty, Taizhou was part of Dong'ou, and belonged to Minzhong Prefecture by the time of Qin Dynasty, during the reign of Qin Dynasty (221–207 B.C.) it was called Huipu Town. Later it belonged to Kuaiji Prefecture during the Han Dynasty.
On August 22, 1994, Taizhou Municipality was set up in place of Taizhou Prefecture and approved by the State Council. In 1999, Taizhou was approved by the State Council to be a leading city in Zhejiang’s urbanization structure and the center of sub zone of the first-class economy. Approved by the National Development and Reform Commission, Taizhou formally became one of the 16 cities of Yangtze River Delta area on Aug.15, 2003.
Geely AutoMobile founded in Taizhou which completes its acquisition of Volvo in 2010, is one of China’s top ten auto manufacturers.
At 651 kilometres (405 mi), Taizhou has a long coastline dotted with numerous islands; the largest one is Yuhuan Island in the south. Coastal areas in the east tend to flat, with an occasional hill. Eastern and northern parts of Taizhou are mountainous, with Yandangshan Mountains in the southwest, Kuocang Mountains (Chinese: 括苍山; pinyin: Kuòcāng Shān) in the west, and Mount Tiantai in the northwest. The highest point of Taizhou is Mishailang (Chinese: 米筛浪; pinyin: Mǐshāilàng), a 1,382.4 metres (4,535 ft) peak in the Kuocang Mountains, and also the highest point in the east of the Zhejiang Province.
Infrastructure & Transport 
Taizhou was once a relatively inaccessible area. This has changed due to large infrastructure restructuring in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Presently, Taizhou is served by the Yongtaiwen Expressway, linking the city with Ningbo in the north and Wenzhou in the south. Huangyan Luqiao Airport (IATA:HYN) in the city's Huangyan District serves daily flights to Beijing and Shanghai Hongqiao, and regular flights to other Chinese cities. In September 2009, the high-speed rail line, Ningbo–Taizhou–Wenzhou Railway, opened and Taizhou has several stations along route including the main station in Huangyan District called Taizhou Railway Station.
Language and Culture 
Like the majority of areas in Zhejiang, most people from Taizhou speak a dialect of Wu Chinese, known as Huangyan Hua. It is not mutually intelligible with Mandarin Chinese, and only partially intelligible with Shanghainese. There is also a small portion of Min Nan and Wenzhou dialect speakers in the southern regions. None of these three languages are mutually intelligible amongst each other, but the linguistic diversity of some regions has resulted in a segment of the population becoming fluent in speaking up to four languages, when Mandarin is included.
The city's people are reputed to be industrious and business-minded, although not to the same degree as neighboring Wenzhou. Many people from the area have migrated abroad after economic reforms began in China in 1978. The city's seafood is of note.
- Linhai Ancient Great Wall, the only Great Wall in southern China.
- Tiantaishan National Park, Tiantai
The Tiantaishan Temple where the Tiantai (Chinese and Japanese: 天台宗; pinyin: tiāntái zōng; ), an important school of Buddhism in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam originates, is located here. In Japan the school is known as Tendai, and in Korea it is known as Cheontae.
- Taizhou College
- Sanmen Zhongxue
Sister cities 
- Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, Japan
- Santos, São Paulo, Brazil
- Muan, Honam, South Korea
- Iquique, Tarapacá, Chile
- Nevers, Nivernais, Burgundy, France
- Timișoara, Timiș, Romania
- Hanau, Hesse, Darmstadt, Germany
- Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
- Location Taizhou Information Center, Taizhou Government
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