Qingtian County

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Qingtian County
青田县
County
Hecheng (seat of Qingtian), from the north-west, in 2011
Hecheng (seat of Qingtian), from the north-west, in 2011
Nickname(s): Little Europe (小欧洲)
Qingtian is located in Zhejiang
Qingtian
Qingtian
Location of the seat in Zhejiang
Coordinates: 28°8′3″N 120°17′27″E / 28.13417°N 120.29083°E / 28.13417; 120.29083
CountryPeople's Republic of China
ProvinceZhejiang
Prefecture-level cityLishui
Area
 • County2,493 km2 (963 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • County361,062
 • Urban75,152
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)
Postal code323900
Area code(s)0578
WebsiteQingtian County

Qingtian (Chinese: 青田; pinyin: Qīngtián; Wade–Giles: Ch'ing-t'ien; literally: "azure field"), is a county in southeastern Zhejiang Province, on the middle-lower reaches of the Ou River which flows 388 kilometers (241 mi) before finally reaching the city of Wenzhou and emptying into the East China Sea. The county is known from AD 711 on and was named for its rich rice paddy fields. Subtropical monsoon climate: annual average temperature 18.3 °C (64.9 °F), annual rainfall 1,747 mm (68.8 in). Hilly territory with many ravines. Its capital is Hecheng, also known as Qingtian City. The inhabitants speak Wenzhounese and Qingtianese, both Wu dialects.

Before 1963, when Qingtian county was ruled by the central government to go under the administration of Lishui, the area had been organised under Wenzhou from 323-1963 AD, a total of 1640 years.[1]

Qingtian is served by Wenzhou Longwan International Airport.[2]

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Coordinates: 28°07′23″N 120°16′59″E / 28.123°N 120.283°E / 28.123; 120.283

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