Jinzhai County

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Jinzhai County landscape, seen from the Hewu Railway

Jinzhai County (simplified Chinese: 金寨县; traditional Chinese: 金寨縣; pinyin: Jīnzhài Xiàn) is a county in Anhui Province, People's Republic of China under the jurisdiction of Lu'an City. It has a population of 640,000 and an area of 3,667 square kilometres (1,416 sq mi). The government of Jinzhai County was in Meishan Town before 2006 when it relocated to nearby Jiangdian Town. The county has jurisdiction over nine towns and ten townships.

Jinzhai County is known as "the cradle of generals" (将军的摇篮/將軍搖籃) as 59 men from the area have reached that rank in the People's Liberation Army (PLA).


Jinzhai County lies on the joint border of Anhui, Henan and Hubei Provinces. Its mountainous terrain attracts tourists for its rugged beauty with the highest mountain, Tiantangzhai rising to a height of 1,729.13 metres (5,673.0 ft).

The county is served by the Hewu Railway.

Coordinates: 31°27′22″N 115°49′10″E / 31.45611°N 115.81944°E / 31.45611; 115.81944