Yizhou

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Yizhou (益州) is also an ancient name for the Sichuan basin
Yizhou
宜州市 · Yizcouh Si
County-level city
Coordinates: 24°28′N 108°35′E / 24.467°N 108.583°E / 24.467; 108.583Coordinates: 24°28′N 108°35′E / 24.467°N 108.583°E / 24.467; 108.583
Country People's Republic of China
Region Guangxi
Prefecture-level city Hechi
Township-level divisions 7 towns
7 townships
2 ethnic townships
Seat Qingyuan
Area
 • Total 3,869 km2 (1,494 sq mi)
Elevation 153 m (502 ft)
Population (2004)
 • Total 610,000
 • Density 160/km2 (410/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code 546300

Yizhou (Chinese: 宜州; pinyin: Yízhōu), formerly Yishan County (宜山县), is a county-level city under the administration of Hechi City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, People's Republic of China.

Yizhou is located in the northwest of Guangxi on the Long River in an area noted for its magificant karst formations. The limestone karst formations dot the city and surrounding country and beautiful rivers cut through the landscape. The city of Yizhou has several hundred thousand inhabitants. The surrounding country side is home to a number of ethnic Zhuang villages. The economy is centered on sugar production. Located near Yizhou is a British-Chinese jointly run sugar processing plant. The country side surrounding Yizhou is similar in appearance to the tourist Mecca Yangshuo, located in the east of Guangxi. While Yizhou has a convenient tourist infrastructure, foreign tourists are sparse.

Perhaps the most famous invidivual in the history of Yizhou is the legendary Song Dynasty singer Liu Sanjie 刘三姐, renowned for her beautiful singing voice. The people of Yizhou believe that Liu was born there and a statue of her is in the city center.

In 2002 a riot struck the city. The Yizhou riots involved violence between the police and local farmers.[1]

There are a Yishan Road and a Yishan light rail station in Shanghai named after the city.

On 26 August 2008 an explosion at a chemical plant killed 20 people and injured many more. 11,000 were evacuated from their homes.[2]

Administrative divisions[edit]

Yizhou administers 7 towns, 7 townships, and 2 ethnic townships:[3]

Towns:

Townships:

Transportation[edit]

Rail[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McDonald, Joe. "Chinese Police Holding 20 After Farmer Protest Over Low Crop Prices." Associated Press 2 Nov. 2002. LexisNexis.
  2. ^ Xinhua News Agency 27 August 2008
  3. ^ "2011年统计用区划代码和城乡划分代码:宜州市" (in Simplified Chinese). National Bureau of Statistics of the People's Republic of China. Retrieved 2013-01-02.