Jinzhai County

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Jinzhai

金寨县
Dabie Mountains landscape in Jinzhai, seen from the Hewu Railway
Dabie Mountains landscape in Jinzhai, seen from the Hewu Railway
Jinzhai is the westernmost division in this map of Lu'an
Jinzhai is the westernmost division in this map of Lu'an
Lu'an in Anhui
Lu'an in Anhui
Coordinates: 31°43′37″N 115°56′02″E / 31.727°N 115.934°E / 31.727; 115.934Coordinates: 31°43′37″N 115°56′02″E / 31.727°N 115.934°E / 31.727; 115.934
CountryPeople's Republic of China
ProvinceAnhui
Prefecture-level cityLu'an
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)

Jinzhai County (simplified Chinese: 金寨县; traditional Chinese: 金寨縣; pinyin: Jīnzhài Xiàn) is a county in the west of Anhui Province, People's Republic of China, bordering the provinces of Henan to the northwest and Hubei to the southwest. It is under the under the jurisdiction of the prefecture-level city of Lu'an, and has a population of 640,000[when?] 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" (将军摇篮; 將軍搖籃) as 59 men from the area have reached that rank in the People's Liberation Army (PLA).

Geography[edit]

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.