Yongding County

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Yongding
永定
Yungting
County
Tulou landscape in the Nanxi Creek Valley, Hukeng Town (Nanjiang Village)
Tulou landscape in the Nanxi Creek Valley, Hukeng Town (Nanjiang Village)
Yongding is located in Fujian
Yongding
Yongding
Location in Fujian
Coordinates: 24°49′N 116°46′E / 24.817°N 116.767°E / 24.817; 116.767Coordinates: 24°49′N 116°46′E / 24.817°N 116.767°E / 24.817; 116.767
Country People's Republic of China
Province Fujian
Prefecture-level city Longyan
Population
 • Total 400,000
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Yongding County
Traditional Chinese 永定
Simplified Chinese 永定
Hakka Yún-thin
Postal Map Yungting

Yongding (Chinese: 永定); is a county under the jurisdiction of Longyan prefecture-level city, in the southwest of Fujian Province, People's Republic of China. It is the home of many Hakka families. Yongding has a population of about 400,000,[when?] of which more than 99% are Hakka, the rest being Minnan people.

Situation[edit]

Yongding county is situated on the Fujian-Guangdong border. Shanghang County to the northwest and Longyan centre to the northeast are in Longyan; Nanjing County to the east and Pinghe County to the southeast are in Zhangzhou. To the southwest lies Dabu County of Meizhou, GD. Both Dabu and Shanghang are Hakka-speaking counties; Longyan Centre, Nanjing and Pinghe are predominantly Minnan-speaking.

Yongding is about 2,500 km2 (970 sq mi) in area. Like other counties of Fujian province, Yongding is 80% hills and mountains, 10% water or rivers, and 10% fields. Two major rivers run through the county: Yongding River (永定河) and Xiayang Creek (下洋溪). Both are tributaries of the Ting River (汀江, the name by which it is known in Fujian territory) or Han River (韩江, the name by which it is known in Guangdong province). Located in a sub-tropical area and subject to typhoons, Yongding has high annual precipitation of about 1,200 to 1,500 millimetres (47 to 59 in) per year.

Administration[edit]

As all counties, Yongding County is divided into township-level units, i.e. towns and townships.

The county executive, legislature and judiciary are in Fengcheng Town (凤城镇), together with the CPC and PSB branches.

Towns[edit]

In Xinnan Village (Hukeng Town)

Besides Fengcheng, there are nine other towns :

Townships[edit]

Chuxi tulou cluster. Chuxi Village, Xiyang Town

There are fourteen townships :

Chengqi Lou. Gaobei Village, Gaotou Township

Culture[edit]

Changyuan Lou, a restored square tulou in Xinnan Village, Hukeng Town

Yongding County is famous for its tulou, large multi-family adobe buildings. Out of the 10 tulous or tulous clusters inscribed on the World Heritage List (as Fujian Tulou), 5 are within Yongding County:

  • Chuxi Tulou cluster, in Chuxi Village.
  • Chengqi Lou and adjacent buildings (the Gaobei tulou cluster), in Gaobei Village of Gaotou Township.
  • Hongkeng Tulou cluster including Zhencheng Lou, in Hongkeng village, Hukeng Town.
  • Zhenfu Lou, near Xipian Village, Hukeng Town
  • Yanxiang Lou, in Xinnan Village, Hukeng Town

Economy[edit]

Water is brought from the mountains via a pipe to a small hydro power plant in Yangduo Village (Hukeng Town)

As a result of abundant precipitation and mountainous terrain, hydroelectric power is abundant. There are numerous hydro plants in the county, one notable one being the provincial Mianhuatan Hydroelectric Power Station. The plant has a water storage capacity of 2.035 billion cubic meters and is able to generate 1.52 billion kilowatt hours of electricity a year. The Mianhuatan hydrodam contributes greatly to the rapidly growing economy of Fujian and neighboring Guangdong province.

In agriculture, rice is the main crop for the county. Most low-lying fields can yield two rice crops per year, while in high land fields, because of the earlier frost, only one harvest can be assured.

Yongding is an important tobacco producer. The cultivation of tobacco started in Wan Li era of the Ming Dynasty. Yongding was honored as the "home of tobacco" in the early 20th century. Although its significance has declined in recent years, Yongding is still one of the most important tobacco producing areas in the region. Many top brand Chinese cigarettes contain Yongding leaf.

Yongding is rich in mineral deposits, most notably coal. Most of the county's coal is shipped to Guangdong, where economic growth has created huge demand for energy. This in turn has created demand for heavy trucks. As a result, Yongding is one of the top counties for the number of trucks.

Miscellaneous[edit]

There have been many famous overseas Chinese with their roots in Yongding. Aw Boon-Haw (胡文虎) was one of the most famous overseas Chinese in the 1930s and 40s.

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