|Country||People's Republic of China|
|Time zone||China Standard (UTC+8)|
Datian (help·info) (simplified Chinese: 大田县; traditional Chinese: 大田縣; pinyin: Dàtián Xiàn; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tāi-chhân-koān) is a county of central Fujian province, People's Republic of China. It is placed under the jurisdiction of the Sanming City.
Before the year 1535, this area belonged to four counties: Youxi, Dehua, Yong'an and Zhangping. Datian County was set up and affiliated to Yanping Fu (延平府, mordern Nanping) in 1535. The county changed affiliate to Yongchun Zhou (永春州, modern Yongchun County) in 1734, then to Yong'an Division (永安专区, mordern Sanming Prefecture) in 1949.
The population of the district was 362,566 inhabitants in 1999.
The people speak Datian Min, which is sometimes considered a dialect of Southern Min (Minnan), although due to its low intellegibility with the latter is also considered a separate branch of Min Chinese.
Notes and references
- National Population Statistics Materials by County and City - 1999 Period,infas.harvard.edu / ~ chgis/work/downloads/faqs/1999_pop_faq.html China City & County Population 1999, Harvard China Historical GIS
- Government site (Chinese)
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