Yangjiang

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Yangjiang
阳江市
Prefecture-level city
Beach in Yangjiang
Beach in Yangjiang
Location of Yangjiang City jurisdiction in Guangdong
Location of Yangjiang City jurisdiction in Guangdong
Yangjiang is located in China
Yangjiang
Yangjiang
Location in China
Coordinates: 21°51′N 111°58′E / 21.850°N 111.967°E / 21.850; 111.967
Country People's Republic of China
Province Guangdong
County-level divisions 4
Municipal seat Jiangcheng District
Government
Area
 • Total 7,813.4 km2 (3,016.8 sq mi)
Elevation 4 m (13 ft)
Population (2004)
 • Total 2,628,000
 • Density 340/km2 (870/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Area code(s) 0662
GDP ¥27.39 billion (2004)
GDP per capita ¥10,493 (2004)
License Plate Q
Major Nationalities Han
Yangjiang
Simplified Chinese 阳江
Traditional Chinese 陽江
Cantonese Jyutping Joeng4 gong1
Cantonese Yale Yèuhnggōng
Hanyu Pinyin Yángjiāng
Postal Map Yeungkong
Literal meaning Sunny river

Yángjiāng (Chinese: 阳江) is a prefecture-level city in southwestern Guangdong province, People's Republic of China. It borders Maoming to the west, Yunfu to the north, Jiangmen to the east, and looks out to the South China Sea to the south. It is known for being the base of Yangjiang Shibazi, a knife manufacturer. The local dialect is the Gaoyang dialect, a branch of Cantonese.

Administration[edit]

The prefecture-level city of Yangjiang administers 4 county-level divisions, including 1 districts, 1 county-level city and 2 counties.

Map
Yangjiang mcp.png
# Name Hanzi Hanyu Pinyin Population (2003 est.) Area (km²) Density (/km²)
1 Jiangcheng District 江城区 Jiāngchéng Qū 630,000 453 1,391
2 Yangchun City 阳春市 Yángchūn Shì 1,050,000 4,055 259
3 Yangxi County 阳西县 Yángxī Xiàn 470,000 1,271 370
4 Yangdong County 阳东县 Yángdōng Xiàn 440,000 2,043 215

Yangjiang enjoys a convenient location, 2:30 hours from Guangzhou by bus. Notable areas include its famous Zhapo Beach and Hailing Island near Shapa Town.

Geography and climate[edit]

Yangjiang has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cwa), with mild to warm winters and long, hot (but not especially so) summers, and very humid conditions year-round. Winter begins sunny and dry but becomes progressively wetter and cloudier. Spring is generally overcast, while summer brings the heaviest rains of the year though is much sunnier; there are 12.6 days with 50 mm (1.97 in) or more rainfall. Autumn is sunny and dry. The monthly 24-hour average temperature ranges from 15.1 °C (59.2 °F) in January to 28.2 °C (82.8 °F) in July, and the annual mean is 22.48 °C (72.5 °F). The annual rainfall is around 2,440 mm (96 in), close to two-thirds of which occurs from May to August. With monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 18% in May to 55% in October, the city receives 1,757 hours of bright sunshine annually.

Climate data for Yangjiang (1971−2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 19.6
(67.3)
19.3
(66.7)
22.1
(71.8)
25.7
(78.3)
28.9
(84)
30.6
(87.1)
31.5
(88.7)
31.6
(88.9)
30.8
(87.4)
28.5
(83.3)
24.9
(76.8)
21.4
(70.5)
26.2
(79.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) 15.1
(59.2)
15.7
(60.3)
18.8
(65.8)
22.7
(72.9)
25.9
(78.6)
27.6
(81.7)
28.2
(82.8)
27.9
(82.2)
26.8
(80.2)
24.3
(75.7)
20.2
(68.4)
16.6
(61.9)
22.48
(72.48)
Average low °C (°F) 11.8
(53.2)
13.1
(55.6)
16.4
(61.5)
20.4
(68.7)
23.4
(74.1)
25.1
(77.2)
25.5
(77.9)
25.2
(77.4)
23.9
(75)
21.0
(69.8)
16.6
(61.9)
12.8
(55)
19.6
(67.3)
Rainfall mm (inches) 35.6
(1.402)
71.6
(2.819)
85.0
(3.346)
241.6
(9.512)
464.3
(18.28)
387.4
(15.252)
358.9
(14.13)
391.2
(15.402)
232.3
(9.146)
103.9
(4.091)
41.2
(1.622)
29.7
(1.169)
2,442.7
(96.171)
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.1 mm) 7.6 12.1 14.5 15.7 18.2 20.1 19.1 19.2 14.8 7.8 5.0 4.8 158.9
 % humidity 74 80 85 87 86 86 85 85 82 75 69 68 80.2
Mean monthly sunshine hours 127.6 73.4 65.7 79.7 132.5 159.2 211.4 180.0 180.2 198.8 179.3 169.1 1,756.9
Percent possible sunshine 38 23 18 21 33 40 51 45 49 55 54 51 39.8
Source: China Meteorological Administration

The city was hit by a magnitude 5.9 earthquake on July 25, 1969 which killed over 3,000 people.

The area is known for its relatively high levels of natural background radiation.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zhang, SP (2010). "Mechanism study of adaptive response in high background radiation area of Yangjiang in China". Chinese Journal of Preventive Medicine 9 (44): 815–819. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 

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