Skyline of Nanping (at night)
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|• Total||2,660 km2 (1,030 sq mi)|
|• Density||180/km2 (480/sq mi)|
|Time zone||China Standard (UTC+8)|
Yanping District (simplified Chinese: 延平区; traditional Chinese: 延平區; pinyin: Yánpíng Qū) is the only district of Nanping, Fujian province, People's Republic of China. The prefecture government is located in the district.
The name of the district literally means "Prolong Peace", and it is still commonly referred to as Nanping, which was its name before 1995. Nowadays, people still use both "Yanping" and "Nanping" in mailing address, and Nanping is even more common.
The city was built as a house at 196 BC. Before that it was a village governed by Houguan County (Fuzhou). Because it is the start point of Min River, it act as a trading transferring center between North Fujian, Jiangxi and Fuzhou.
Also, it is the last stronghold of Fuzhou, the largest city in Fujian, and usually carefully guarded. Because of the soldiers came from north China, the city's dialect was more similar to that of Henan Province.
The city was named Nanping City at 1956, and after the prefecture was named Nanping in 1995, it changed to its current name.
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