Tongxiang

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Tongxiang
桐乡市
County-level city
Fuyan Temple in Tongfu Township, Tongxiang City
Fuyan Temple in Tongfu Township, Tongxiang City
Country China
Province Zhejiang
Prefecture-level city Jiaxing
Area
 • Total 723 km2 (279 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 815,800
  (2010)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)

Tongxiang City (Chinese: 桐乡市; pinyin: tóngxiāng shì) (IATA: TVX) is a county-level city, part of Jiaxing, in northern Zhejiang Province, China. It had a population of 815,800 in 2010.

Tongxiang was the birthplace of writer Mao Dun. The scenic town of Wuzhen is part of Tongxiang.

Administration[edit]

Tongxiang administers 3 subdistrict, 9 towns and one township.

Economy[edit]

Hángbáijú (杭白菊), a variety of chrysanthemum flower tea, originates from Tongxiang. There are also annual Chrysanthemum festivals.

Tongxiang is one of biggest woolen sweater manufacturing base. In 2006, Tongxiang sold over 600 million woolen sweaters.

Tongxiang is home to a Walmart complex, a McDonald's, several KFC's, some Korean and Japanese restaurants, and several foreign joint-venture firms from Asia, Europe, and North-America.

Education[edit]

Tongxiang is home to a joint-venture Canadian high school program called Jiaxing Grand Canadian Academy at Maodun Senior High School. The school offers the British Columbia, Canada high school graduation program that culminates in the awarding of the Dogwood Diploma. The school enrolls local Chinese students and employs only foreign, B.C. certified teachers to teach all subjects in English (Canadian history, math, science, English, PE, etc.) The school is on a sprawling campus with modern features (gym, running track, science labs, etc.). The school opened in 2005 and has been inspected and re-certified by the BC Government (MOE) each year since.

Transport[edit]

Tongxiang is served by Tongxiang Railway Station, which connects it to Shanghai, Hangzhou, and other cities with a number of high speed trains.

Coordinates: 30°38′N 120°32′E / 30.633°N 120.533°E / 30.633; 120.533