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Home Chinese Cities and Province Information Zhejiang Province Wenzhou

China City Information: Wenzhou


wenzhou city, zhejiang province

Wenzhou Basics
  Area (City) 1,187 square km
  Area (Metro) 11.784 square km
Population: 7.99 million in 2008
Coordinates: 2703'-2836'N  11937'-12118'E
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January Average  Temperature: 7.4C (45.32F)
July Average  Temperature: 28.2C (82.76F)
Average Frost Free Days: 275 days/ year
Average Elevation: 8 meters
Annual Rainfall: 1,800 mm
Annual Sunshine: 1,853 hours
Phone Area Code: 0577
Postal Code: 325000
A Brief Introduction of Wenzhou

Wenzhou (also called Yujeu, Dongou, Lucheng), which is located near the middle of the East China Sea coastline, is the economic, cultural and transportation center of southern Zhejiang Province.

wenzhou location map, wenzhou, zhejiang province

Wenzhou Location (Map source: China Daily)

Under Wenzhou's jurisdiction, there are two cities (Rui'an City and Yue'qing City), three districts and six counties with a total land area of 11,784 square kilometers. Among its 7.64 million (2007) inhabitants, about 1.5 million live in urban area.
Wenzhou got its name for its mild climate (wen means "temperate" in Chinese). Wenzhou has favorable natural conditions, being either too hot in summer nor too cold in winter, with four distinct seasons.

The annual mean temperature is 18C (64F), with 280 frost-free days per year. The average annual rainfall is 1,800 mm.
Wenzhou is rich in mineral reserves, with 40 proven minerals. Wenzhou also has 200 million tons of alumstone reserve, known as the "world capital of alum-stone". The continental shelf along its coast has large quantities of oil and gas reserve, which are now being explored.

Wenzhou's 355 kilometers coastline provides good conditions for building harbors. Wenzhou can support one hundred 5,000-ton to 100,000-ton berths, making it the second largest harbor in Zhejiang Province.

The Wenzhou city also rich in tourism resources, with two national scenic areas and two national nature reserve.



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Enjoy mountains and rivers in historic city -- Wenzhou  -- Wenzhou, a historic coastal city in southeast China, is a fascinating place to visit.

Its history can be dated back to the Neolithic Age, when a primitive people lived there and made pottery named ou the reason it was called Dong'ou in ancient times.

In the first year of Taining in the eastern Jin Dynasty (323 AD), the city of Wenzhou was built. Due to its southern location the city has a mild climate throughout the year and earned the name "Wenzhou" because "Wen" in Chinese, means "warm and mild."

The city has a total area of 11,784 sq m, about one third that of Switzerland. According to estimates in 2008, the population was 7.99 million, the biggest in Zhejiang province.

In the past, Wenzhou was famous for its handicraft industry. Delicate blue china was born there. During the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), Wenzhou was opened up to foreign countries as a trade port.

Today Wenzhou is known for business. But it is not simply a commercial city. It also has a rich culture and is the hometown of Nanxi Opera - the earliest form of Chinese opera.

Several distinguished people hail from the area, such as the doctor Chen Yuanze in the Post Song Dynasty, the painter Huang Gongwang in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), and the educator Xia Nai in modern times.

Located in Leqing county of Wenzhou city, the Yandang Mountains are 68 km from the city center.

There is a lake on the top of the mountain where wild geese flying to the warm south come to spend their winters. This is how the mountain got its name "Yandang" -meaning the place where wild geese live.

Yandang Mountains cover a total area of 450 sq km. Regarded by scientists as a natural museum of great historic and scientific significance, the mountains are divided into eight scenic areas, among which the most famous are the Three Wonders: the Spiritual Peaks (Ling Feng), the Spiritual Rocks (Ling Yan) and the Big Dragon Waterfall (Da Long Qiu).

Once upon a time, someone asked an old poet who had visited Yandang Mountains many times, "How would you compare Yandang to the Yellow Mountains?" The old poet replied: "Both have their wonders, the Yellow Mountains are magnificent and wondrous, while Yandang Mountains are spiritual and wondrous, but you must visit them yourself to understand what I mean."

The Nanxi River, a State-level scenic spot, is 23 km from Wenzhou city.

The river has 36 bends and 72 beaches, with a drainage area of 2,429 sq m. Running from north to south, the Nanxi River first flows into the Oujiang River and finally empties into the East China Sea.

The main scenic spots of the Nanxi River area include the Baizhang Waterfall, the Furong Triangle Rock, the Waterfall of Tengxi Pool, the Twelve Peaks, and the Taogong Cave.

The water of Nanxi River is clear and fish can be seen swimming peacefully in the water. Visitors can take a small boat and float with the water, watching the green trees and hills passing by in the daytime, and enjoying the balmy summer breeze, and tiny lights twinkling in the sky in the evening.

Other places to see

Travellers can also visit the Nanji Islands National Nature Reserve, the Xiandu Scenic Area and the Xianju Scenic Area. (source:
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