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Zhaoyuan, Shandong

Zhaoyuan

招远市
Location in Yantai
Location in Yantai
Zhaoyuan is located in Shandong
Zhaoyuan
Zhaoyuan
Location in Shandong
Coordinates: 37°21′32.40″N 120°23′45.60″E / 37.3590000°N 120.3960000°E / 37.3590000; 120.3960000
CountryPeople's Republic of China
ProvinceShandong
Prefecture-level cityYantai
Population
 • County-level city566,900
 • Urban
120,000[1]
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)
Websiteweb.archive.org/web/20080412121036/http://www.zhaoyuan.gov.cn:80/
Zhaoyuan
Traditional Chinese招遠
Simplified Chinese招远
PostalChaoyuan

Zhaoyuan (Chinese: 招远) is a county-level city within the prefecture-level city of Yantai, Shandong Province, China located on the seashore of the Bohai Sea. Zhaoyuan is well known for its abundant gold deposit and production. In 2002 Zhaoyuan was named "China's Gold City" by China's gold association.

History

Gold was discovered in the Tang dynasty. The Tang dynasty started in 618AD, and ended in 907AD.

The name “Zhaoyuan” was created by an emperor of The North Song dynasty in 1131AD.

In 1949, Communist China was founded. Zhaoyuan suffered several political movements and the economy did not recover effectively. In 1978, Deng Xiaoping changed the economic system with the policy of Reform and Opening. People in Zhaoyuan became richer than before with the rapid growth of industry.

Economy

Zhaojin Mining - Largest gold producer in Shandong and headquartered in Zhaoyuan.

Tourist attractions

"Asia's largest statue of Ao" (a mythical giant turtle Chinese ), 15 m tall and 20 m long, in Luoshan State Forest Park (罗山国家森林)[2][3] It can be easily seen on Google Maps satellite photos at 37°27′36″N 120°28′22″E / 37.46000°N 120.47278°E / 37.46000; 120.47278.

Notable people

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