Pingxiang

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Pingxiang
萍乡市
Prefecture-level city
Downtown Pingxiang
Downtown Pingxiang
Location of Pingxiang City jurisdiction in Jiangxi
Location of Pingxiang City jurisdiction in Jiangxi
Coordinates: 27°38′N 113°51′E / 27.633°N 113.850°E / 27.633; 113.850
Country People's Republic of China
Province Jiangxi
Government
 • Mayor Li Xiaobao
Area
 • Prefecture-level city 3,824 km2 (1,476 sq mi)
 • Land 3,824 km2 (1,476 sq mi)
 • Urban 1,073 km2 (414 sq mi)
 • Metro 1,073 km2 (414 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Prefecture-level city 1,854,515
 • Urban 893,550
 • Metro 893,550
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Area code(s) 0799
ISO 3166 code CN-JX-03
Website www.pingxiang.gov.cn

Pingxiang (simplified Chinese: 萍乡; traditional Chinese: 萍鄉; pinyin: Píngxiāng; Wade–Giles: P'ing-hsiang) is a medium-sized prefecture-level city located in western Jiangxi province, People's Republic of China.

Geography and climate[edit]

Pingxiang is a limitrophe city between Jiangxi and Hunan provinces. Approximately 70 miles from Changsha, Hunan, about 160 miles from Nanchang. Most of the area around the city is hilly and mountainous, despite of the city itself is relatively flat. As a sub-tropical climatic city, Pingxiang has mild winters, long and hot summers, with plenty of rainfall. The annual average temperature is 18 °C.

History[edit]

Archaeological evidence suggests that Pingxiang was first settled during the Stone Age. During the Han dynasty, it was part of Yichun. In 267, during the time of the Three Kingdoms, it became Pingxiang County, which made it a higher level of administration than what it is today. During the Tang Dynasty (618-907), it was part of the Jiangnanxi Circuit, and was called Yuanzhou. Its name and area of administration were changed many times until 1970, when it assumed its present form.

Administration[edit]

Pingxiang has direct jurisdiction over two urban districts, one economic development area, three counties, 28 towns, 18 townships, and 7 sub-districts.

Urban districts:

Counties:

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Demographics[edit]

The population of the total administrative area of Pingxiang was estimated to be 1,874,000 at the 2012 census.[citation needed]

Economy[edit]

In 2013, the GDP was 79.2 billion RMB, a 8.2% growth over the previous year. Rural income was 11,100 RMB, a 10.5% growth over 2012 and urban income was 23,489 RMB, an 11% growth over 2012 (without regard to inflation).

Resources[edit]

Pingxiang has abundant water and mineral resources. Five rivers flow across the land which delivers approximately 2.626 billion cubic meters per year. Coal, iron ore, limestone, kaolin and granite are the most abundant minerals of the city. Even today, the Pingxiangren or local people proudly refer to their city as the "coal center of southern China."

Transportation[edit]

Pingxiang is a regional hub for transportation. It is about 1.5 hrs drive to the CSX from downtown of Pingxiang. A couple of highways and the main rail line between Changsha and Nanchang run through the city. The city has had a high-speed railway since September of 2014.

Tourism[edit]

Wugong (also known as WooKong) mountain is a national well known place for tourism It lies in the east of Pingxiang, 45 minutes from downtown. The highest altitude is 1,918 meters while the average altitude is about 1,500 meters. Most of the landscape remains virginal in despite of some necessary infrastructures that benefit tourists.

Yangqi mountain is famous for the religion of Buddhism, lies in north of Pingxiang, one hour's drive from downtown.

Nielongdong (also known as Sinful Dragon Cave) has a tale which refers to Chinese traditional religion and zodiac. This beautiful area is only twenty minutes north.

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Coordinates: 27°38′N 113°51′E / 27.633°N 113.850°E / 27.633; 113.850