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Putian or Putien (Chinese: 莆田) is a prefecture-level city in eastern Fujian province, China. It borders Fuzhou City to the north, Quanzhou City to the south, and the Taiwan Strait's Xinghai Bay to the east.[3] The Mulan River flows through the southern part of the city. It's built-up area made of 4 urban districts was home to 1,953,801 inhabitants as of 2010 census. The native language of the area is Pu-Xian Min.



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Location of Putian in Fujian
Location of Putian in Fujian
Putian is located in China
Location in China
Coordinates: 25°26′N 119°01′E / 25.433°N 119.017°E / 25.433; 119.017Coordinates: 25°26′N 119°01′E / 25.433°N 119.017°E / 25.433; 119.017
CountryPeople's Republic of China
 • CPC SecretaryLin Baojin
 • Deputy MayorLi Jianhui
 • Prefecture-level city4,119 km2 (1,590 sq mi)
 • Urban
2,284 km2 (882 sq mi)
 • Metro
2,284 km2 (882 sq mi)
 (2010 census)[1]
 • Prefecture-level city2,778,508
 • Density670/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Urban density860/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
 • Metro
 • Metro density860/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)
Postal code
Area code(s)0594
ISO 3166 codeCN-FJ-03
 - TotalCNY 167.0 billion (US$25.70 billion)
 - per capitaCNY 58,596 (US$9,014)
 - GrowthIncrease 14.5%
License Plate Prefixes闽B
Local varietyPuxian Min


Imperial eraEdit

Putian was first founded as an administrative area in the year of 568 as a county during the Liang Dynasty.

Putian was later re-established as a military administered city during the Song Dynasty with the stationing of military families and soldiers into the city during the period. Xinghua Prefecture was created in 979. It was abolished during the Yuan Dynasty in 1277.

The city greatly prospered during the Ming Dynasty.

Contemporary eraEdit

On August 21 and August 25, 1949, Putian and Xianyou County were captured by the People's Liberation Army, respectively. The Wuqiu Islands were never successfully captured, and continue to be under ROC control. On September 9, 1983, the State Council approved the establishment of Putian as a prefecture-level city. It has jurisdiction over Putian and Xianyou Counties, along with Chengxiang and Hanjiang Districts.


Putian's municipal executive, legislature and judiciary are in Chengxiang District (城厢区), together with the CPC and Public Security bureaux. The municipal region comprises three other districts and one county:


Languages and ethnic groupsEdit

The Han Chinese are the majority ethnic group.

Puxian Min is the largest dialect spoken in Putian. It is a dialect of Min, a Chinese language.


Putian has become an export base for Fujian products. The main industries are shoe-making, brewing, electronics, garments, fruits, vegetables, and machinery, electrical goods.[4] In particular, the area is known for high-quality counterfeits of shoes[5] and the domination of Chinese private healthcare.[6][7]


Meizhou Island, most famous for being the legendary birthplace of the goddess Matsu, is located closely offshore of Putian.

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  1. ^ a b 莆田市2015年国民经济和社会发展统计公报 (in Chinese). Putian Municipal Statistic Bureau. 2010-02-20. Retrieved 2010-05-03.
  2. ^ 教育部重編國語辭典修訂本. Retrieved 17 August 2019. 字詞 【莆田縣】 注音 ㄆㄨˊ ㄊㄧㄢˊ ㄒㄧㄢˋ 漢語拼音 pú tián xiàn
  3. ^ Litchi City Putian Archived 2011-05-22 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ China today Archived 2007-09-07 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Schmidle, Nicholas (2010-08-19). "Inside the Knockoff-Tennis-Shoe Factory". New York Times. Retrieved 8 September 2010.
  6. ^ "The Putian phenomenon". Week in China. HSBC. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Baidu's "moral dilemma" – How a Cancer Case aroused National Attention". China Spoon. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 5 May 2016.

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