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Yizhou (Chinese: 宜州; pinyin: Yízhōu), formerly Yishan County (宜山县), is a district under the administration of Hechi City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, People's Republic of China.

Yizhou

  • 宜州区
  • Yizcouh Gih
Yizhou City
Yizhou City
Coordinates: 24°28′N 108°35′E / 24.467°N 108.583°E / 24.467; 108.583Coordinates: 24°28′N 108°35′E / 24.467°N 108.583°E / 24.467; 108.583
CountryPeople's Republic of China
RegionGuangxi
Prefecture-level cityHechi
Township-level divisions
  • 7 towns
  • 7 townships
  • 2 ethnic townships
SeatQingyuan
Area
 • Total3,869 km2 (1,494 sq mi)
Elevation
153 m (502 ft)
Population
 (2004)
 • Total610,000
 • Density160/km2 (410/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)
Postal code
546300

Yizhou is located in the northwest of Guangxi on the Long River in an area noted for its magificant karst formations. The limestone karst formations dot the district and surrounding country and beautiful rivers cut through the landscape. The district of Yizhou has several hundred thousand inhabitants. The surrounding countryside is home to a number of ethnic Zhuang villages. The economy is centered on sugar production. Located near Yizhou is a British-Chinese jointly run sugar processing plant. The countryside surrounding Yizhou is similar in appearance to the tourist Mecca Yangshuo, located in the east of Guangxi. While Yizhou has a convenient tourist infrastructure, foreign tourists are sparse.

Perhaps the most famous invidivual in the history of Yizhou is the legendary Song Dynasty singer Liu Sanjie 刘三姐, renowned for her beautiful singing voice. The people of Yizhou believe that Liu was born there and a statue of her is in the district center.

In 2002 a riot struck the district. The Yizhou riots involved violence between the police and local farmers.[1]

There are a Yishan Road and a Yishan light rail station in Shanghai named after the district.

On 26 August 2008 an explosion at a chemical plant killed 20 people and injured many more. 11,000 were evacuated from their homes.[2]


Administrative divisionsEdit

Yizhou administers 7 towns, 7 townships, and 2 ethnic townships:[3]

Towns:

Townships:

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ McDonald, Joe. "Chinese Police Holding 20 After Farmer Protest Over Low Crop Prices." Associated Press 2 Nov. 2002. LexisNexis.
  2. ^ Xinhua News Agency 27 August 2008
  3. ^ 2011年统计用区划代码和城乡划分代码:宜州市 (in Chinese). National Bureau of Statistics of the People's Republic of China. Retrieved 2 January 2013.