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Location of Zhangzhou City jurisdiction in Fujian
Location of Zhangzhou City jurisdiction in Fujian
Zhangzhou is located in China
Location in China
Coordinates (Zhangzhou municipal government): 24°30′47″N 117°38′49″E / 24.513°N 117.647°E / 24.513; 117.647Coordinates: 24°30′47″N 117°38′49″E / 24.513°N 117.647°E / 24.513; 117.647
Country People's Republic of China
Province Fujian
Municipal seat Xiangcheng District
 • Prefecture-level city 12,888 km2 (4,976 sq mi)
 • Urban
366 km2 (141 sq mi)
 • Metro
3,257 km2 (1,258 sq mi)
 (2010) [1]
 • Prefecture-level city 4,809,983
 • Density 370/km2 (970/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Urban density 1,600/km2 (4,200/sq mi)
 • Metro
 • Metro density 1,500/km2 (4,000/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+8 (China Standard)
Postal code
Area code(s) 596
ISO 3166 code CN-FJ-06
GDP 2016[1]
 - Total CNY 312.534 billion (US$47.052 billion)
 - Per capita CNY 62,196 (US$9,364)
 - Growth Increase 11.0%
License Plate 闽E
Local dialect Min Nan: Zhangzhou dialect
City trees Cinnamomum camphora
City flowers Narcissus tazetta
Website zhangzhou.gov.cn

Zhangzhou (/ˈæŋˈ/),[2] alternately romanized as Changchow, is a prefecture-level city in Fujian Province, China. The prefecture around the city proper comprises the southeast corner of the province, facing the Taiwan Strait and surrounding the prefecture of Xiamen. During the 2010 census, the entire area of Zhangzhou was home to 4,809,983 inhabitants. Along with the 1.9 million people of central Xiamen, its urban districts of Longwen and Xiangcheng, together with Longhai, form a single metropolitan area of about 5 million people (2010).


Zhangzhou is the atonal pinyin romanization of the city's Chinese name 漳州, using its pronunciation in Standard Mandarin. The name derives from the city's former status as the seat of the imperial Chinese Zhang Prefecture. The same name was romanized as "Changchow" on the Chinese Postal Map and Chang-chou in Wade-Giles. Other romanizations include Chang-chow.[3]

It also appears as Chang-chu,[4] Chiang-chiu,[5] Chiang-chew, or Chiang Chew[citation needed] from the city's local Hokkien name Chiang-chiu. This name appeared in Spanish and Portuguese Jesuit sources as Chincheo, which was anglicized as Chinchew. By the 19th century, however, this name had migrated and was used to refer to Quanzhou, a separate port about 65 miles (105 km) east-northeast of central Zhangzhou.[6]


Zhangzhou proper lies on the banks of the Jiulong River in southern Fujian about 35 miles (56 km) from central Xiamen,[3] whose urban core has grown to form a single urbanized area with it. The prefecture of Zhangzhou comprises the southeastern corner of the province, surrounding Xiamen. The prefecture of Quanzhou lies to its northeast, Longyan to its northwest, and Shantou in Guangdong to its southwest.


Zhangzhou has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa), with mild to warm winters and long, very hot and humid summers. The monthly 24-hour average temperature ranges from 13.2 °C (55.8 °F) in January to 28.8 °C (83.8 °F) in July, and the annual mean is 21.3 °C (70.3 °F). The frost-free period lasts 330 days.


According to Odoric of Pordenone, Zhangzhou was a prosperous city twice the size of Bologna.[7]

During the early Qing, Zhangzhou was the primary Fujianese port trading with Portuguese Macao and Spanish Manila. For a time, the Portuguese maintained a factory in the city.[6]

During the late Qing, Zhangzhou remained a center of silk, brick, and sugar production with about a million people and extensive internal and maritime trade. Its city wall had a circumference of about 4.5 miles (7.2 km) but included a good deal of open ground and farmland. Its streets were paved with granite but badly maintained. The 800-foot (240 m) bridge across the Jiulong River consisted of wooden planks laid between 25 piles of stones at roughly equal intervals.[3] The port of Xiamen in an island at the mouth of the Jiulong principally functioned as a trading center for the produce and wares of Zhangzhou and its hinterland;[4] both suffered economically when Indian tea plantations cratered demand for Fujianese tea in the late 19th century.[8]

The old city of Zhangzhou (now Xiangcheng District) was occupied in April and May 1932 by a column of Communist guerrillas under Mao Zedong. Due to the presence of Western gunboats in Xiamen Bay, arms shipments from the Soviet Union were unable to get up the Jiulong River to Mao's forces and the main Communist bases. Discovering this, Mao retreated from the city, according to some accounts with a substantial amount of loot taken from its residents.[9]

Administrative divisions

Zhangzhou comprises 2 urban districts, 1 county-level city, and 8 counties.

  1. Xiangcheng District (芗城区)
  2. Longwen District (龙文区)
  3. Longhai City (龙海市)
  4. Changtai County (长泰县)
  5. Dongshan County (东山县)
  6. Hua'an County (华安县)
  7. Nanjing County (南靖县)
  8. Pinghe County (平和县)
  9. Yunxiao County (云霄县)
  10. Zhangpu County (漳浦县)
  11. Zhao'an County (诏安县)


The main language of the Zhangzhou Hokkiens is the local dialect of Min Nan, part of the Southern Min branch of Min Chinese. Government, education, and official business, however, are carried out in Mandarin.[citation needed]

Hakka is also spoken in the rural peasant area of Zhangzhou in the west and south.


Babao seal paste was invented by the druggist Wei Changan as a traditional medicine in 1673. It was repurposed for artistic use a few years later and gained imperial favor under the Qianlong Emperor. It remains prized for its bright color and pleasant smell.

A major petrochemical plant, producing paraxylene, owned by Taiwan-based Xianglu Group is located in Zhangzhou's Gulei Peninsula. The plant suffered major fires in 2013 and 2015.[10]


Two passenger stations serve Zhangzhou:


Notable residents

  • Chen Yuanguang (657–711), a leader of the movement to sinicize Fujian and northern Guangdong
  • Khaw Soo Cheang (1786–1882), merchant and governor of a Thai province
  • Lim Gu Tong (1895–1976), international author, cultural ambassador and inventor.

See also


  1. ^ a b 漳州市2009年国民经济和社会发展统计公报 (in Chinese). Zhangzhou Municipal Statistic Bureau. 2010-03-12. Retrieved 2010-05-03.
  2. ^ "Zhangzhou". Collins English Dictionary.
  3. ^ a b c Baynes, T. S., ed. (1878), "Chang-chow" , Encyclopædia Britannica, 5 (9th ed.), New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, p. 391
  4. ^ a b Baynes, T. S., ed. (1878), "Amoy" , Encyclopædia Britannica, 1 (9th ed.), New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, p. 748 .
  5. ^ Pitcher, Philip Wilson (1893). Fifty Years in Amoy or A History of the Amoy Mission, China. New York: Reformed Church in America. p. 33.
  6. ^ a b Yule, Henry (1878), "Chinchew" , in Baynes, T. S. (ed.), Encyclopædia Britannica, 5 (9th ed.), New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, p. 673
  7. ^ Yule, Henry (2002). The Travels of Friar Odoric. p. 123.
  8. ^ Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911), "Amoy" , Encyclopædia Britannica, 1 (11th ed.), Cambridge University Press, p. 878 .
  9. ^ Zhang Rong; et al. (2005), Mao: The Unknown Story, p. 117 .
  10. ^ A contentious chemical plant in China has exploded for the second time in two years

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