Yunxiao County

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Yunxiao County


Yunsiao; Yünsiao; Yünhsiao
Yunxiao is located in Fujian
Location of the seat in Fujian
Coordinates: 23°57′28″N 117°20′23″E / 23.9579°N 117.3396°E / 23.9579; 117.3396Coordinates: 23°57′28″N 117°20′23″E / 23.9579°N 117.3396°E / 23.9579; 117.3396
CountryPeople's Republic of China
Prefecture-level cityZhangzhou
 • Total1,166 km2 (450 sq mi)
 • Total392,000
 • Density340/km2 (870/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)
Postal code
Area code(s)0596

Yunxiao County (simplified Chinese: 云霄县; traditional Chinese: 雲霄縣; pinyin: Yúnxiāo Xiàn; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Ûn-sio-kōan) is a county of Zhangzhou prefecture level city, in the south of Fujian province, People's Republic of China. The population of the county is 444,7000 residents, accordingly to 2012 census.[when?][1] The county comprises an area of 1,166 kilometres (725 mi)².

The county postcode is 363300 and the telephone area code is 0596.[2]


Yunxiao County, located on the Zhang River and on the way from Zhangpu County to Dongshan Island, was the earliest seat of the government of Zhangzhou. The famous Weihui Temple is situated here. It was dedicated to the founder of Zhangzhou.[3]

The temple is very famous as a tourist attraction for local and overseas visitors. In the main hall is a statue of Chen Yuanguang in red armour and official crown with his heavy mustache and red face. Sculptures of his parents and wife are also located in the temple. The two hang on stone pillars inside the hall. The temple walls are full of praise for Chen for being the first to open up southern Fujian. The most festive period for the temple is on Chen's birthday (the 15th day of the second lunar month) and the anniversary of his death (the 5th day of the 11th lunar month). On both occasions the temple is packed with people burning incense and full-length operas that are performed in the square. Effigies of Chen and other deities are paraded down the streets to celebrate the occasions.[4]


Yunxiao is rich with natural resources. Minerals and metals such as gold, zinc, silver and aluminum are mined in the county. It has a strong agricultural economy, producing cooking oil, sugar, vegetables, tea and fruits particularly loquat and Lychee.[5]

As of 2009, the county is also the source of half of China's production of counterfeit cigarettes, producing about 400 billion cigarettes a year (whereas all legal cigarette business is state-owned and state-controlled). Yunxiao is reported to contain some 200 illicit cigarette factories beneath buildings or in the hills.[6]

Administrative divisions[edit]


Towns (镇, zhen)[edit]

Yunxiao County oversees six towns, three of which lie on National Route 324. The other three all lie between this route and coast. The county executive, legislature and judiciary is seated at Yunling (云陵), together with the CPC and PSB branches.

Townships (乡, xiāng)[edit]


  • Heping Government Farm (和平农场)
  • Changshan Overseas Chinese Economic Development Zone



  1. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Chinese) 云霄县 Archived August 6, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Chinese) 云霄县 Archived August 6, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 14, 2009. Retrieved July 30, 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ China Travel Service - Destination Guide - Fujian - Zhangzhou -Introduction Archived June 23, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Chinese) 云霄县 Archived August 6, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Te-Ping, Chen (June 29, 2009). "China's Marlboro Country: The strange, underground world of counterfeit cigarettes". Slate. Retrieved 2009-06-29.
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