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Tongzhou District, Nantong

Tongzhou

通州区

Tungchow
Tongzhou in Nantong
Tongzhou in Nantong
Nantong in Jiangsu
Nantong in Jiangsu
Coordinates: 32°03′51″N 121°04′30″E / 32.0642°N 121.0751°E / 32.0642; 121.0751
CountryPeople's Republic of China
ProvinceJiangsu
Prefecture-level cityNantong
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)

Tongzhou District (simplified Chinese: 通州区; traditional Chinese: 通州區; pinyin: Tōngzhōu Qū), formerly Tongzhou City, is one of three urban districts of Nantong, Jiangsu province, China. It was a county-level city under the administration of Nantong until 2010, when it became a district of Nantong. As of 2010, Tongzhou had a population of 1,246,400.

History

The district takes its name from its former position as the capital of Tongzhou, a prefecture of imperial China. Under the southern Song dynasty, the city controlled not just its adjacent lands but also Xisha and Dongsha, the Yangtze River shoals that eventually developed into Chongming Island.[1]

Shigang Town is located beside the Yangtze where residents made a living mainly by salt making and fishing in ancient times. In 860, Yuhuangdian (玉皇殿) was built and, six year later, the palace of Emperor Taizong of the Tang was rebuilt as the Guangyuan Temple. From the Song to the Qing dynasties, many temples were built in Shigang.[2]

Local specialities

  • Xiting Crackers (西亭脆饼)
  • BBoss Beer (大富豪啤酒)
  • Mahogany Carvings (红木雕刻)
  • Zhengchang Bacon (正场熏肉)
  • Xinzhong Fermented bean curd (新中乳腐)

References

  1. ^ "Chongming County" in the Encyclopedia of Shanghai, pp. 50 ff. Archived 2015-01-10 at the Wayback Machine Shanghai Scientific & Technical Publishers (Shanghai), 2010. Hosted by the Municipality of Shanghai.
  2. ^ [www.tz.gov.cn]

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