Yanping District

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Skyline of Nanping (at night)
Skyline of Nanping (at night)
Yanping is located in Fujian
Location in Fujian
Coordinates: 26°51′50″N 117°50′50″E / 26.86389°N 117.84722°E / 26.86389; 117.84722Coordinates: 26°51′50″N 117°50′50″E / 26.86389°N 117.84722°E / 26.86389; 117.84722
Country People's Republic of China
Province Fujian
Prefecture-level city Nanping
 • Total 2,660 km2 (1,030 sq mi)
 • Total 490,000
 • Density 180/km2 (480/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Area code(s) 0086-599
Website www.ypzf.gov.cn

Yanping District (simplified Chinese: 延平区; traditional Chinese: 延平區; pinyin: Yánpíng Qū) is one of the two districts of Nanping, Fujian province, People's Republic of China. The prefecture government is located in the district.


The name of the district literally means "Prolong Peace", and it is still commonly referred to as Nanping, which was its name before 1995. Nowadays, people still use both "Yanping" and "Nanping" in mailing address, and Nanping is even more common.


Yanping in the 17th Century, from Olfert Dapper: Gedenkwaerdig bedryf

The city was built as a house at 196 BC. Before that it was a village governed by Houguan County (Fuzhou). Because it is the start point of Min River, it act as a trading transferring center between North Fujian, Jiangxi and Fuzhou.

Also, it is the last stronghold of Fuzhou, the largest city in Fujian, and usually carefully guarded. Because of the soldiers came from north China, the city's dialect was more similar to that of Henan Province.

The city was named Nanping City at 1956, and after the prefecture was named Nanping in 1995, it changed to its current name.

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