Zaoyang

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Zaoyang
枣阳市
County-level city
Zaoyang is located in Hubei
Zaoyang
Zaoyang
Location in Hubei
Coordinates: 32°08′N 112°45′E / 32.133°N 112.750°E / 32.133; 112.750Coordinates: 32°08′N 112°45′E / 32.133°N 112.750°E / 32.133; 112.750
Country People's Republic of China
Province Hubei
Prefecture-level city Xiangyang
Area
 • Total 3,277.58 km2 (1,265.48 sq mi)
Population (2010 census[1])
 • Total 1,004,741
 • Density 310/km2 (790/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard Time (UTC+8)

Zaoyang (simplified Chinese: 枣阳; traditional Chinese: 棗陽; pinyin: Zǎoyáng) is a city in northern Hubei province, People's Republic of China, near the border with Henan province. Administratively, it is a county-level city under the administration of Xiangyang. At the 2010 census its population was 1,004,741 inhabitants even though its built-up (or metro) area is much smaller.

History[edit]

Remains dating back to the Warring States period (771 - 221 BCE) have been found near the city.[citation needed] Zaoyang was the site of two major battles during the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Battle of Suixian-Zaoyang and the Battle of Zaoyang-Yichang.

Geography and climate[edit]

Zaoyang's administrative area spans in latitude 31° 40'−32° 40' N, or 78 kilometres (48 mi) and in longitude 112° 30'−113° 00' N, or 65 kilometres (40 mi).

Zaoyang has a monsoon-influenced, four season humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cwa), with cold, damp (but comparatively dry), winters, and hot, humid summers. Monthly daily averages range from 2.4 °C (36.3 °F) in January to 27.5 °C (81.5 °F) in July, with an annual mean temperature of 15.5 °C (59.9 °F). Precipitation peaks from May to August. The city receives an average 2,100 hours of sunshine per year.

Climate data for Zaoyang (1971−2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 19.4
(66.9)
24.4
(75.9)
29.0
(84.2)
35.1
(95.2)
36.9
(98.4)
38.8
(101.8)
40.7
(105.3)
39.0
(102.2)
39.3
(102.7)
33.0
(91.4)
29.1
(84.4)
20.5
(68.9)
40.7
(105.3)
Average high °C (°F) 7.5
(45.5)
10.0
(50)
14.4
(57.9)
21.7
(71.1)
26.6
(79.9)
30.0
(86)
32.1
(89.8)
31.6
(88.9)
27.2
(81)
22.1
(71.8)
15.7
(60.3)
9.9
(49.8)
20.7
(69.3)
Daily mean °C (°F) 2.4
(36.3)
4.6
(40.3)
9.1
(48.4)
16.1
(61)
21.1
(70)
25.3
(77.5)
27.5
(81.5)
26.8
(80.2)
22.1
(71.8)
16.6
(61.9)
10.3
(50.5)
4.6
(40.3)
15.5
(59.9)
Average low °C (°F) −1.4
(29.5)
0.6
(33.1)
4.8
(40.6)
11.4
(52.5)
16.4
(61.5)
21.1
(70)
24.0
(75.2)
23.1
(73.6)
18.2
(64.8)
12.5
(54.5)
6.3
(43.3)
0.7
(33.3)
11.5
(52.7)
Record low °C (°F) −15.1
(4.8)
−9.2
(15.4)
−4.1
(24.6)
−0.5
(31.1)
5.6
(42.1)
12.9
(55.2)
17.3
(63.1)
16.1
(61)
9.6
(49.3)
−0.6
(30.9)
−5.4
(22.3)
−11.6
(11.1)
−15.1
(4.8)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 16.2
(0.638)
23.9
(0.941)
46.4
(1.827)
65.6
(2.583)
100.5
(3.957)
119.5
(4.705)
149.5
(5.886)
124.6
(4.906)
82.5
(3.248)
63.1
(2.484)
36.0
(1.417)
14.2
(0.559)
842.0
(33.15)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 5.9 6.5 9.8 9.7 11.1 10.6 12.6 10.8 10.3 10.0 6.8 5.7 109.8
Source: Weather China[2]

Transport[edit]

Zaoyang is served by the Hankou–Danjiangkou Railway.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]