Pinghe County

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Pinghe County


Pinghwo; Pingho
Jinxi Creek Valley west of Xiaoxi Town
Jinxi Creek Valley west of Xiaoxi Town
Pinghe is located in Fujian
Location in Fujian
Coordinates: 24°21′48″N 117°18′54″E / 24.3634°N 117.3149°E / 24.3634; 117.3149Coordinates: 24°21′48″N 117°18′54″E / 24.3634°N 117.3149°E / 24.3634; 117.3149
CountryPeople's Republic of China
Prefecture-level cityZhangzhou
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)

Pinghe County (simplified Chinese: 平和县; traditional Chinese: 平和縣; pinyin: Pínghé Xiàn; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Pêng-hô-koān) is a county of the prefecture-level city of Zhangzhou, in southern Fujian province, PRC, bordering Guangdong province to the west.[1]

Administrative Division[edit]

The administrative centre or seat of Pinghe County is Xiaoxi (小溪镇).

Towns (镇, zhen)[edit]

Most of Pinghe's old People's communes, after spending the 80s and even 90s as Townships, have been upgraded to Towns. Aside of Xiaoxi, there are now nine:[2]

  • Wenfeng (文峰)
  • Shange (山格
  • Nansheng (南胜)
  • Banzai (坂仔)
  • Anhou (安厚)
  • Daxi (大溪)
  • Jiufeng (九峰)
  • Xiazhai (霞寨)
  • Luxi (芦溪)
  • Guoqiang(国强)

Townships (乡, xiang)[edit]

There are five townships.


A "Pinghe County honey pomelo" orchard near Xiazhai Town, with a sign indicating that this is where Walmart China sources its pomelos

Pinghe County is famous for its pomelos.


Surviving section of the front (southern) wall of Xishuang Lou

Numerous Fujian Tulou, earth buildings of round, rectangular and other shapes, can be found within Pinghe County, primarily in its western part (viz., various villages of Luxi, Xiazhai, Jiufeng and Daxi Towns). One of them, the Xishuang Lou (西爽楼), located in Xi'an Village a few kilometers north of Xiazhai town center, has been described by some researchers as the "largest of the rectangular [tulou] in existence".[3] Unfortunately, only parts of the compound have survived to this day.[4]



  1. ^ Archived 2011-07-11 at the Wayback Machine (in Chinese)
  2. ^ (in Chinese)
  3. ^ Fred Thompson (February 1996), "Earthly fortresses - communal housing in China", The Architectural Review
  4. ^ "霞寨镇西爽楼已倒塌 土楼成大土堆", 海峡都市报, 2011-09-26, archived from the original on 2013-01-16, retrieved 2012-04-07

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