Taicang

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Taicang
太仓市
County-level city
Liuhe River & Haiyundi Romantic Street
Liuhe River & Haiyundi Romantic Street
Taicang is located in Jiangsu
Taicang
Taicang
Location in Jiangsu
Coordinates: 31°33′50″N 121°10′26″E / 31.564°N 121.174°E / 31.564; 121.174Coordinates: 31°33′50″N 121°10′26″E / 31.564°N 121.174°E / 31.564; 121.174
Country People's Republic of China
Province Jiangsu
Prefecture-level city Suzhou
Municipal seat Chengxiang(城厢镇)
Area
 • Total 823 km2 (318 sq mi)
 • Land 649 km2 (251 sq mi)
 • Water 174 km2 (67 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 947,000
 • Density 1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code 215400
Area code(s) 0512

Taicang is a county-level city under the jurisdiction of Suzhou, Jiangsu province. The city located in the south of the Yangtze River estuary opposite Nantong, being bordered by Shanghai proper to the south, while the river also delineates much of its northeastern boundary along Chongming Island.

Administration[edit]

Taicang administers seven towns:[1]

History[edit]

Toponym[edit]

Taicang as a place name supposedly to be mentioned in a memorial to the throne of hydrologist Jia Dan during the Song dynasty, "Where lies to the east of Kunshan nowadays", he wrote, "is called Taicang, also known as Gangshen".[2]

Overview[edit]

Taicang is a natural port. Under the Yuan, the city reached its peak between 1271 and 1368. Under the Ming, Taicang's Liuhe Harbor was the departure point for Zheng He's treasure fleets. It was also during this period that the shoals in the Yangtze estuary which later became Chongming Island were placed under the supervision of Taicang Prefecture.[3]

It was the venue for the 2014 IAAF World Race Walking Cup.

Geography[edit]

Taicang port is in the east of the city, and south of the Yangtze exit into the East China sea. The center of Taicang port is in 31°37′00" North, 121°14′00" East. Port line stretches 24.3 miles (38.8 km), of which 15.6 miles can park 50 thousand ton vessels. Taicang is in humid subtropical climate zone with distinctive seasons. Average year round temperate is 15.5 Celsius. Precipitation is around 1078.1 mm.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 2011年统计用区划代码和城乡划分代码:太仓市 (in Chinese). National Bureau of Statistics of the People's Republic of China. Archived from the original on 2012-11-01. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  2. ^ "吳郡志/卷19 - 维基文库,自由的图书馆". zh.wikisource.org (in Chinese). Retrieved 2017-07-06. 
  3. ^ "Chongming County" in the Encyclopedia of Shanghai, pp. 50 ff. Archived 2015-01-10 at the Wayback Machine. Shanghai Scientific & Technical Publishers (Shanghai), 2010. Hosted by the Municipality of Shanghai.