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Jieyang

Jieyang
揭阳市
Prefecture-level city
Jieyang music fountain
Jieyang music fountain
Location of Jieyang in Guangdong
Location of Jieyang in Guangdong
Jieyang is located in China
Jieyang
Jieyang
Location in China
Coordinates: 23°23′47″N 116°28′57″E / 23.39639°N 116.48250°E / 23.39639; 116.48250
Country People's Republic of China
Province Guangdong
County-level division 5
Township-level division 100
City seat Rongcheng District
Government
 • CPC Secretary Yan Zhichan (严植婵)
 • Mayor Chen Dong (陈东)
Area
 • Prefecture-level city 5,240.5 km2 (2,023.4 sq mi)
 • Coastline (excluding islands) 82 km2 (32 sq mi)
Elevation 8 m (26 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Prefecture-level city 5,877,025
 • Density 1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)
 • Urban 741,674
Time zone China Standard
Area code(s) 663
GDP ¥68.514 billion (2004)
GDP per capital ¥23,642 (2004)
License Plate 粤V
Jieyang
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"Jieyang", as written in Chinese calligraphy
Simplified Chinese 揭阳
Traditional Chinese 揭陽
Cantonese Yale Kityèuhng
Cantonese Jyutping Kit3 joeng4
Hanyu Pinyin Jiēyáng
Postal Kityang
Literal meaning Rising sun

Jieyang (Chinese: 揭阳; pinyin: Jiēyáng) is a prefecture-level city in Guangdong Province, People's Republic of China, part of the Chaoshan region whose people speak Teochew dialect distinct from neighbouring Yue speakers. It is historically important as the hometown of many overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia. It borders Shantou to the east, Chaozhou to the northeast, Meizhou to the north, Shanwei to the west, and looks out to the South China Sea to the south.

Administration

The prefecture-level city of Jieyang administers 5 county-level divisions, including 1 district, 1 county-level city (administered on behalf of the province) and 3 counties.

Map
Name Simplified Chinese Hanyu Pinyin Population
(2010 census)
Area
(km2)
Density
(/km2)
Rongcheng District 榕城区 Róngchéng Qū 741,674 182 4,098
Jiedong District 揭东区 Jiēdōng Qū 1,157,720 850 1,362
Jiexi County 揭西县 Jiēxī Xiàn 825,313 1,279 605
Huilai County 惠来县 Huìlái Xiàn 1,097,615 1,207 906
Puning 普宁市 Pǔníng Shì 2,054,703 1,620 1,291

These are further divided into 100 township-level divisions, including 69 towns, 10 townships and 21 subdistricts.

Economy

Rice cultivation and the textile industry are important to its economy.

Transport

Air

The new Jieyang Chaoshan Airport (揭阳潮汕机场) is the third largest airport complex in Guangdong Province, after Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, and Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport. It replaced the Shantou Waisha Airport on 15 November 2011.

Rail

Jieyang is located on the Guangzhou–Meizhou–Shantou Railway.

Language and culture

The Teochew dialect is predominantly spoken in this region. The Hakka dialect, however, has its limited presence among Hakka people in Jiexi County.

History

1930s saw numerous Jieyang inhabitants emigrating overseas. Pontianak and Ketapang in Indonesia, Johor Bahru in Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia and Thailand has large Overseas Chinese communities of Jieyang origin. In 1991, the Chinese central government have approved that Jieyang become a prefecture-level city.

Notable people

  • Vintoquián (林道乾, Lîm tō-khiân) (?-?), 16th century pirate

Climate

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