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County-level city
Zhuji is located in China
Location in China
Coordinates: 29°43′N 120°14′E / 29.717°N 120.233°E / 29.717; 120.233
Country China
Province Zhejiang
Prefecture-level city Shaoxing
 • County-level city 2,311.41 km2 (892.44 sq mi)
 • Urban 2,311.41 km2 (892.44 sq mi)
 • Metro 2,311.41 km2 (892.44 sq mi)
Population (2010 census)
 • County-level city 1,157,938
 • Density 500/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
 • Urban 1,157,938
 • Urban density 500/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
 • Metro 1,157,938
 • Metro density 500/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)

Zhuji (simplified Chinese: 诸暨; traditional Chinese: 諸暨; pinyin: Zhūjì) is a county-level city under the administration of the prefecture-level city of Shaoxing in China's southeastern Zhejiang province, located about 40 miles south of Hangzhou. It has 2,311 square kilometers with a population of 1,157,938 inhabitants at the 2010 census even though the built-up (or metro) area is much smaller. It is served by Zhuji Railway Station.


The region around Zhuji has been settled since Neolithic times and was the origin of the Wuyue culture.[1] During the Spring and Autumn period, it was the birthplace of the legendary beauty Xi Shi.[2] After the state of Yue was absorbed into the unification of China, Qin Shi Huang formally codified the boundaries of Zhuji as a county in 222 BC. This status remained intact until 1989, when the State Council reclassified Zhuji as a city.


Its modern civic strengths include an excellent educational system and robust economic development, especially in the production of pearls, socks and embroidery machinery Datang.[3] Due to its pearl production, the city has become known as "The Pearl City".


  1. ^ China Archaeology & Art Digest. Art Text (HK) Pty Limited. 1999. p. 178. 
  2. ^ Lee. Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Women: Antiquity Through Sui, 1600 B.C.E.-618 C.E. M.E. Sharpe. p. 85. ISBN 978-0-7656-4182-3. 
  3. ^ Bloom, Stephen G. (10 May 2011). Tears of Mermaids: The Secret Story of Pearls. St. Martin's Press. p. 109. ISBN 978-1-4299-2363-7. 

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Coordinates: 29°43′N 120°14′E / 29.717°N 120.233°E / 29.717; 120.233