|Country||People's Republic of China|
1 ethnic township
|Seat||Longyuan Subdistrict (龙渊街道)|
|Elevation||195 m (640 ft)|
|Time zone||China Standard (UTC+8)|
Longquan (simplified Chinese: 龙泉; traditional Chinese: 龍泉; pinyin: Lóngquán; literally: "dragon spring") is a county-level city and former county under the administration of the prefecture-level city of Lishui in southwestern Zhejiang Province, China, located on the upper reaches of the Ou River and bordering Fujian province to the southwest.
Longquan has a population of around 270,000.[when?]
There is an Ethnic Township set aside for the She-nation minority at Zhuyang (竹垟).
Celadons and swords
Longquan is famous locally for its swords and Longquan celadon ceramics, both of which are often regarded as historically the finest in China. Longquan celadon was one of China's finest ceramics from the Song dynasty until it fell out of fashion in the Imperial court during the Ming dynasty. Production continued but at lower quality. The swords made in Longquan (Longquanjian) are famous among martial artists in China. Modern sword production is now led by a workshop named "Shenguanglong" whose sword-making history can be traced back to the twentieth year of Guangxu in the Qing Dynasty. There are several private and state-owned swords-making factories in Longquan.
The city has a static inverter plant of HVDC Three Gorges-Changzhou.
The city's executive, legislature and judiciary are at Longyuan Subdistrict (龙渊街道), together with the CPC and PSB branches. The other divisions, numbering 2 subdistricts, 8 towns, 7 townships and 1 ethnic township, are as follows:
- Badu (八都镇), Shangyang (上垟镇), Xiaomei (小梅镇), Chatian (查田镇), Pingnan (屏南镇), Anren (安仁镇), Jinxi (锦溪镇), Zhulong (住龙镇)
- Lanju Township (兰巨乡), Dashi Township (跶石乡), Baoxi Township (宝溪乡), Longnan Township (龙南乡), Daotai Township (道太乡), Yanzhang Township (岩樟乡), Chengbei Township (城北乡), Zhuyang She Ethnic Township (竹垟畲族乡)
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