Xuzhou

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Xuzhou
徐州市
Prefecture-level city
The skyline of Xuzhou and Yunlong Lake (云龙湖)
The skyline of Xuzhou and Yunlong Lake (云龙湖)
Location of Xuzhou City jurisdiction in Jiangsu
Location of Xuzhou City jurisdiction in Jiangsu
Xuzhou is located in China
Xuzhou
Xuzhou
Location in China
Coordinates: 34°16′N 117°13′E / 34.26°N 117.21°E / 34.26; 117.21Coordinates: 34°16′N 117°13′E / 34.26°N 117.21°E / 34.26; 117.21
CountryPeople's Republic of China
ProvinceJiangsu
County-level divisions11
Township-level divisions157
Government
 • MayorZhang Jinghua (张敬华)
 • CPC Committee SecretaryCao Xinping (曹新平)
Area
 • Prefecture-level city11,258 km2 (4,347 sq mi)
 • Urban3,036 km2 (1,172 sq mi)
 • Metro2,346 km2 (906 sq mi)
Population (2010 census)
 • Prefecture-level city8,580,500
 • Density760/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
 • Urban2,828,834
 • Urban density930/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
 • Metro2,369,851
 • Metro density1,000/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
Time zoneChina Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code221000(Urban center), 221000, 221000, 221000(Other areas)
Area code(s)0516
GDP¥239 billion (2009)
GDP per capita¥27,514 (2009)
Major NationalitiesHan
Licence plate prefixesC
Websitexz.gov.cn
 
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Xuzhou
徐州市
Prefecture-level city
The skyline of Xuzhou and Yunlong Lake (云龙湖)
The skyline of Xuzhou and Yunlong Lake (云龙湖)
Location of Xuzhou City jurisdiction in Jiangsu
Location of Xuzhou City jurisdiction in Jiangsu
Xuzhou is located in China
Xuzhou
Xuzhou
Location in China
Coordinates: 34°16′N 117°13′E / 34.26°N 117.21°E / 34.26; 117.21Coordinates: 34°16′N 117°13′E / 34.26°N 117.21°E / 34.26; 117.21
CountryPeople's Republic of China
ProvinceJiangsu
County-level divisions11
Township-level divisions157
Government
 • MayorZhang Jinghua (张敬华)
 • CPC Committee SecretaryCao Xinping (曹新平)
Area
 • Prefecture-level city11,258 km2 (4,347 sq mi)
 • Urban3,036 km2 (1,172 sq mi)
 • Metro2,346 km2 (906 sq mi)
Population (2010 census)
 • Prefecture-level city8,580,500
 • Density760/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
 • Urban2,828,834
 • Urban density930/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
 • Metro2,369,851
 • Metro density1,000/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
Time zoneChina Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code221000(Urban center), 221000, 221000, 221000(Other areas)
Area code(s)0516
GDP¥239 billion (2009)
GDP per capita¥27,514 (2009)
Major NationalitiesHan
Licence plate prefixesC
Websitexz.gov.cn
Xuzhou
Chinese徐州
Postal MapSuchow
Pengcheng
Chinese彭城

Xuzhou, otherwise known as Pengcheng in ancient times, is a major city in and the fourth largest prefecture-level city of Jiangsu province, People's Republic of China. It is known for its role as a transportation hub in northwestern Jiangsu, as it has expressways and railway links connecting directly to the provinces of Henan and Shandong, the neighboring port city of Lianyungang, as well as the economic hub Shanghai.

Before the adoption of Hanyu Pinyin, the city's name was typically Romanized as Suchow,[1] Süchow,[2] although also appearing as Siu Tcheou [Fou],[3] Hsu-chou,[4] Hsuchow, and Hsüchow.[citation needed]

History[edit]

During the Xia and Shang Dynasties (c. 2200−1600 BC), Xuzhou lay in an area inhabited by the Dongyi or Huaiyi peoples who were constantly at war with the Shang and Zhou Dynasties. The Xuzhou region was called Huaiyang during the Zhou Dynasty (1600 BC−256 BC) since the Huai River crosses the area. During the Spring and Autumn Period (771 BC−426 BC), Xuzhou was a collection of small farming/fishing villages and towns and formed part of the border region between the Zhou vassal States of Chu, Wu and Qu. Both the States of Pi and Peng lay within its borders. Xuzhou was at one time a capital of the State of Xu, a vassal state exterminated by the State of Wu in 512 BC. In turn, Wu was conquered by the State of Yue a few decades later. Chu gradually expanded its influence around Xuzhou after absorbing the nearby State of Cai in 447 BC followed by the conquest of the State of Yue in 334 BC. By the Warring States period, it was firmly in the cultural and administrative sphere of Chu. The State of Chu moved to this area in 278 BC after the Qin army captured its old capital, Ying, in modern Jingzhou, Hubei.

Liu Bang, first emperor of the Han Dynasty (206 BC−AD 220), was born in Pei County, Xuzhou. At the beginning of the Han Dynasty, Xuzhou became part of the Kingdom of Chu, a principality ruled by relatives of the royal Liu family. Initially, Liu Bang allowed his relatives to rule parts of the country since they were assumed to be the most trustworthy. However, the Kingdom of Chu under third generation ruler Liu Wu rebelled against the central authority during the Rebellion of the Seven Princes and was defeated. His tomb was recently excavated near Xuzhou. Historians maintain that in the ancient capital and trade center of Pengcheng (Xuzhou) one can find the "earliest reliable evidence of the presence of Buddhism in China."

After the Yellow River began to change course during the Song Dynasty (AD 960−1279), heavy silting at the Yellow River estuary forced the river to channel its flow into the lower Huai River tributary. The region became barren thereafter due to persistent flooding, nutrient depletion and salination of the once fertile soil.

The area was the site both of the Battle of Xuzhou in 1938 against the Japanese Army in the Second Sino-Japanese War and of the critical battle in the Chinese Civil War, the Huaihai Campaign in 1948-49. The capitulation of Chiang Kai-shek to Chinese communist forces at Xuzhou [5] led to the fall of the Nationalist Chinese capital Nanking.

Administration[edit]

The prefecture-level city of Xuzhou administers ten county-level divisions, including five districts, two county-level cities and three counties. These are further divided into 157 township-level divisions.

MapSubdivisionHanziPinyinPopulation (2010)Area (km2)Density
City Proper
Yunlong District云龙区Yúnlóng Qū3,053,7783937,770.42
Gulou District鼓楼区Gúlóu Qū
Quanshan District泉山区Quánshān Qū
Suburban
Tongshan District铜山区Tóngshān Qū1,142,1931,877608.52
Jiawang District贾汪区Jiǎwāng Qū430,712690624.22
Rural
Suining County睢宁县Suíníng Xiàn1,042,5441,773588.01
Pei County沛县Pèi Xiàn1,141,9351,576724.57
Feng County丰县Fēng Xiàn963,5971,450664.54
Satellite cities (County-level cities)
Pizhou邳州市Pīzhōu Shì1,458,0362,088698.29
Xinyi新沂市Xīnyí Shì920,6101,586580.46
Total8,580,50011,258762.16

Geography and climate[edit]

Xuzhou is located in the southeast of the North China Plain. Xuzhou has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cwa), with cool, dry winters, warm springs, long, hot and humid summers, and crisp autumns. The monthly daily average temperature ranges from 0.4 °C (32.7 °F) in January to 27.1 °C (80.8 °F) in July; the annual mean is 14.48 °C (58.1 °F). Snow may occur during winter, though rarely heavily. Precipitation is light in winter, and a majority of the annual total of 832 millimetres (32.8 in) occurs from June thru August. With monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 44% in July to 54% in three months, the city receives 2,221 hours of bright sunshine annually.

Climate data for Xuzhou (1971−2000)
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Average high °C (°F)5.2
(41.4)
7.8
(46)
13.4
(56.1)
20.9
(69.6)
26.3
(79.3)
30.4
(86.7)
31.4
(88.5)
30.6
(87.1)
26.9
(80.4)
21.5
(70.7)
14.1
(57.4)
7.7
(45.9)
19.7
(67.4)
Average low °C (°F)−3.3
(26.1)
−1.4
(29.5)
3.2
(37.8)
9.8
(49.6)
15.1
(59.2)
20.2
(68.4)
23.5
(74.3)
22.7
(72.9)
17.4
(63.3)
10.9
(51.6)
4.0
(39.2)
−1.6
(29.1)
10.0
(50.1)
Precipitation mm (inches)17.6
(0.693)
20.5
(0.807)
36.0
(1.417)
47.1
(1.854)
65.5
(2.579)
106.8
(4.205)
241.0
(9.488)
132.6
(5.22)
72.3
(2.846)
51.5
(2.028)
26.7
(1.051)
14.0
(0.551)
831.6
(32.739)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm)4.05.46.47.17.48.013.59.97.26.85.13.784.5
 % humidity66646262646780817470696668.8
Mean monthly sunshine hours144.8147.5177.0210.5232.7218.6191.9202.8188.3190.8164.2151.82,220.9
Percent possible sunshine46484854545144495154535050.2
Source: China Meteorological Administration [6]

Economy[edit]

The most important industries in Xuzhou are machinery, energy and food production.

The construction machinery manufacturer XCMG is the largest company based in Xuzhou. It is the world's tenth-largest construction equipment maker measured by 2011 revenues, and the third-largest based in China (after Sany and Zoomlion).[7]

Education[edit]

Universities and colleges[edit]

Schools[edit]

Cuisine[edit]

See also: Xuzhou cuisine

Xuzhou cuisine is closely related to Shandong cuisine's Jinan-style. Xuzhou's most well known foods include bǎzi ròu (pork belly, and other items stewed in a thick broth), sha tang (饣它.svg汤), and various dog meat dishes.

Horse and warrior figures from the Han Dynasty Guishan Tomb near Xuzhou

Another one of Xuzhou's famous dishes is di guo (地锅) style cooking which places ingredients with a spicy sauce in a deep black skillet and cooks little pieces of flatbread on the side or top. Common staples of di guo style cooking include: chicken, fish, lamb, pork rib and eggplant.

Fu Yang Festival (伏羊节) is a traditional festival celebrated in the city. It starts on Chufu (初伏) which is around mid-July and lasts for about one month. During the festival, people eat lamb meat and drink lamb soup. This festival is very popular among all the citizens.

Scenic spots[edit]

Tourist attractions in Xuzhou include Yunlong Mountain (Cloud Dragon Mountain) and the nearby Yunlong Lake, which set near the downtown region. There are also Xuzhou Museum and Han Dynasty Stone Carvings museum next to the Yunlong Mountain.

The most important places of interest in Xuzhou are the relics of Han Dynasty, including Terracotta Army of Han, Mausoleum of the Emperors of Han and the art of stone graving.

Culture[edit]

In 2011, a new state-of-the-art concert hall was opened. It is specifically designed to resemble a myrtle flower. The striking architecture and lakeside location have helped the theater gain landmark status locally. Among the top artists who have performed in Xuzhou concert hall are Dutch vocal ensemble 'Vocal Group Utrecht' and Canadian brass ensemble 'Brassroots'.

Transport[edit]

Xuzhou is a major railroad hub

Xuzhou Guanyin Airport serves the area with scheduled passenger flights to major airports in China including Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hong Kong and many other cities.

The Xuzhou Railway Station is one of the largest Chinese railway stations. Xuzhou is one of the most important railway hubs in China. It is the interchange station of Jinghu Railway, Longhai Railway and Hasan Railway. There is also a hub of express railway in the eastern suburb of Xuzhou, which will be the hub of Jinghu Express Railway and Xulan Express Railway.

Military[edit]

Xuzhou is headquarters of the 12th Group Army of the People's Liberation Army, one of the three group armies that comprise the Nanjing Military Region responsible for the defense of China's eastern coast and possible military engagement with Taiwan. The People's Liberation Army Navy also has a Type 054A frigate that shares the name of the region.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chinese Postal Map Romanization, See, e.g., this 1947 ROC map.
  2. ^ Rosario Renaud, ''Süchow. Diocèse de Chine 1882-1931'', Montréal, 1955.
  3. ^ Louis Hermand, ''Les étapes de la Mission du Kiang-nan 1842-1922 et de la Mission de Nanking 1922-1932'', Shanghai, 1933.
  4. ^ See: Wade-Giles.
  5. ^ "Battle of Suchow". Life Magazine, December 6, 1948.
  6. ^ "中国地面国际交换站气候标准值月值数据集(1971-2000年)" (in Simplified Chinese). China Meteorological Administration. June 2011. Retrieved 2010-05-27. 
  7. ^ "Analysis: China's budding Caterpillars break new ground overseas". Reuters. 8 March 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 

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