Location of Heyuan City jurisdiction in Guangdong
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|Municipal seat||Yuancheng District|
|• Prefecture-level city||15,653.63 km2 (6,043.90 sq mi)|
|• Urban||361.5 km2 (139.6 sq mi)|
|• Metro||4,370.6 km2 (1,687.5 sq mi)|
|Elevation||39 m (128 ft)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Prefecture-level city||2,950,195|
|• Density||190/km2 (490/sq mi)|
|• Urban density||1,300/km2 (3,300/sq mi)|
|• Metro density||210/km2 (540/sq mi)|
|Time zone||China Standard (UTC+8)|
"Heyuan", as written in Chinese calligraphy
|Cantonese Jyutping||Ho4 jyun4|
|Literal meaning||River spring|
Héyuán (Chinese: 河源) is a prefecture-level city of Guangdong province in the People's Republic of China. At the 2010 census, its population was 2,950,195 whom 903,871 lived in the built-up (or metro) area made of Yuancheng urban District and Dongyuan County largely being urbanized. Zijin County itself is quickly being conurbated in the agglomeration. The majority of the people are Hakka. The city includes many rainforests and the largest lake in Guangdong: Xinfengjiang Reservoir. The literal meaning of the city's name is "origin of the river". It has recently been officially titled as the "Hometown of the Dinosaur in China", due to the thousands of dinosaur egg fossils that have been unearthed in its vicinity. 
Heyuan is located in the north-east region of Guangdong, upper reach of Dong River at its confluence with the Xingeng River. Its latitude spans 23° 10'–24° 50' N, and longitude 114° 13'–115° 35' E. It borders Huizhou to the south, Ganzhou (Jiangxi) to the north, Meizhou to the east and Shaoguan to the west. Heyuan is a regional hub that connects the coastal areas of Guangdong and the interior countryside.
Heyuan is rich in natural resources and fertile land. There are 1,000 km2 (390 sq mi) of cultivated land, 13,600 km2 (5,300 sq mi) of hilly land, and 640 square kilometres (250 sq mi) of water area. Many mineral deposits such as iron ore, tungsten, tin, fluorite are found in Heyuan.
Heyuan has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa), with short, mild to warm winters, and long, hot, humid summers. Winter begins sunny and dry but becomes progressively wetter and cloudier. Spring is generally overcast and often rainy, while summer continues to be rainy though is much sunnier; there are 9.1 days annually with 50 mm (1.97 in) of rainfall. Autumn is sunny and dry. The monthly 24-hour average temperature ranges from 12.7 °C (54.9 °F) in January to 28.4 °C (83.1 °F) in July, and the annual mean is 21.49 °C (70.7 °F). The annual rainfall is just over 2,000 mm (79 in), and is delivered in bulk (47%) from April to June. With monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 23% in March to 55% in October and November, the city receives 1,842 hours of bright sunshine annually.
|Climate data for Heyuan (1971–2000)|
|Average high °C (°F)||18.1
|Average low °C (°F)||9.1
|Average rainfall mm (inches)||53.4
|Average rainy days (≥ 0.1 mm)||8.0||12.5||16.4||17.8||20.1||19.5||16.7||17.8||12.6||6.1||5.3||5.8||158.6|
|Average relative humidity (%)||70||75||79||81||82||83||80||81||77||70||66||66||75.8|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||135.8||91.7||85.3||92.8||122.5||155.3||219.0||200.9||189.7||197.1||180.5||172.0||1,842.6|
|Percent possible sunshine||41||29||23||24||30||38||53||50||52||55||55||52||41.8|
|Source: China Meteorological Administration|
The city's museum boasts the Guiness World Record for the largest collection of dinosaur eggs, with 10,008 individual samples as of 2004. Dinosaur skeletons and fossilized footprints have also been found nearby.
In the great majority of Heyuan areas, Hakka Chinese is in general use.
In the greater part of areas in the city, Dongyuan County, Lianping County, Heping County, Longchuan County etc., it belongs to the Yuezhong dialect group, while in Zijin County and part of Longchuan County, it belongs to the Yuetai dialect group.
Heyuan City administers Yuancheng District, Dongyuan County, Heping County, Longchuan County, Zijin County and Lianping County. The total area is 15,800 square kilometres (6,100 sq mi). Heyuan city and its districts have a population of 3.2194 million. The municipality seat is in Yuancheng District.
|Map||Name||Simplified Chinese||Hanyu Pinyin||Population
||Yuancheng District||源城区||Yuánchéng Qū||463,907||361.47||1,283|
|Zijin County||紫金县||Zǐjīn Xiàn||640,133||3,635.13||225|
|Longchuan County||龙川县||Lóngchuān Xiàn||694,480||3,081.31||225|
|Lianping County||连平县||Liánpíng Xiàn||337,002||2,275.08||148|
|Heping County||和平县||Hépíng Xiàn||374,709||2,291.45||164|
|Dongyuan County||东源县||Dōngyuán Xiàn||439,964||4,009.17||110|
Heyuan city is a major economic and transportation hub for the Beijing-Kowloon Railway and the Guangzhou-Meizhou-Shantou Railway which crosses the city. There is also a marshalling station at Longchuan, which is the biggest in southern China.
State Highway 105 and 205 run through the city. Dong River which Heyuan City is located in plays an important strategic waterway which allows huge cargo ships to transport goods to Huizhou, Dongguan, and Guangzhou.
Heyuan city is the major producer of Chinese kiwi fruit dried mushrooms of Jiulian, garlic, Hakka brewed liquor, Xinfengjiang pure water and mineral water, bamboo mats, sweet tangerines, green tea, and pot culture.
Xinfengjiang Forest Park
Heyuan City has a lot of tourist attraction. There is a very tall fountain located in Xinfengjiang forest park. There are scenic areas such as the Dagui Mountain and the first big artificial lake; Wanlu Lake and the Sujiawei Round House.
Longchuan county is home to spectacular scenic spots in Huoshan and Shuikeng.
Zijin county is the home of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen's ancestors.
The Neiguan Mountains and rivers are located in Lianping county.
In Dongyuan county, there are scenic spots at Huanglong Crag and Zhangxi.
- Qian, Wang (11 April 2005). "Heyuan, Hometown of the Dinosaur". China.org.cn. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
- Guiness World Records http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/largest-collection-of-dinosaur-eggs. Retrieved 5 August 2015. Missing or empty
- Tom Phillips (20 April 2015). "Builders find dinosaur eggs in paleontologist's paradise in China". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
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