Huzhou, Zhejiang Province, China

History | Geography : Location | Administration | Military | Public Spaces | Transport

🇨🇳 Huzhou is a prefecture-level city in northern Zhejiang province, China. It is situated to the south of Lake Tai, it borders Jiaxing to the east, Hangzhou to the south, and the provinces of Anhui and Jiangsu to the west and north respectively. The built-up (or metro) area is made of Wuxing District as Nanxun District is not yet conurbated.


History • 248 BC, Gucheng County (菰城縣) was set up by the State of Chu. • 222 BC, Qin dynasty, Wucheng County (烏程縣) was set up. • 266, Kingdom of Wu, set Wuxing Shire (吳興郡), its administrative area including the modern Huzhou prefecture city and Hangzhou, Yixing in modern-day Jiangsu. • 602, Sui dynasty, changed the name of Wuxing to Huzhou (湖州). • During the Tang dynasty, Huzhou administered 5 counties: Wucheng (烏程), Wukang (武康), Changxing, Anji, and Deqing. • At the beginning of the Song dynasty, Gui'an county (歸安縣) was divided from the Wucheng county. • During the Qing dynasty, Huzhou administered 7 counties: Wucheng, Guo'an, Wukang, Deqing, Changxing, Anji, and Xiaofeng. • 1949, with the establishment of the People's Republic of China, Huzhou town became the seat of government of the First Special District of Zhejiang, administrative area including the modern Huzhou and Jiaxing prefecture cities. • 1983, Huzhou prefecture level city was set up.


Geography: Location Huzhou, in its general aspect, is in the centre of the Yangtze River Delta Economic Area, with the city centre 10 km (6.2 mi) south of the Chinese third largest freshwater lake Lake Tai. There are transportation links to the provincial capital of Hangzhou 78 km (48 mi) away in the south, Jiangsu and Anhui province in the west, and the metropolitan municipality of Shanghai 150 km (93 mi) to the northeast.

Flowing quietly through the city is the Changxing-Huzhou-Shanghai Channel, it is also referred to as the "Eastern Rhine River" for the continuous barge transportation that goes on similarly in the more internationally known Rhine River in Germany.

The State Way 318 passes through Huzhou in an east-west direction and the State Way 104 in a north-south direction; the Nanjing-Huzhou-Hangzhou toll expressway and Shanghai-Jiangsu-Zhejiang-Anhui toll expressway offers convenient access to major areas in the region.

The Express Xuancheng–Hangzhou Railway Station is located 8 km (5.0 mi) west of the city center. This railway line is part of the "secondary tunnel" in eastern China.


Administration The prefecture-level city of Huzhou administers six county-level divisions, including one economic development zone and two districts and three counties.

These are further divided into 66 township-level divisions, including 50 towns, 10 townships and six subdistricts.

Economy • Huzhou is known as the City of Silk, is one of the Four Capital-cities of Silk in China. • Textiles (especially silk), building materials and agriculture.


Military Huzhou is headquarters of the 1st Group Army of the People's Liberation Army, one of the three group armies that comprise the Nanjing Military Region responsible for the defense of China's eastern coast.


Public Spaces The Lotus Garden (pinyin "Lianhua Zhuang") is a pleasure garden located 20 minutes south on foot from the city centre of Huzhou. The main attractions of the garden include the Lotus flowers that bloom seasonally in the three lake system, a large Koi pond near the north gate, a karaoke veranda and amusement rides for children. Also, barge-themed pedal boats are available for leisure boating.

The garden was built in 1924 with stone footpaths and bridges bordering and crossing over the lake system. A variety of structures inhabit the 300 meter squared grounds including two halls, six pavilions, and two inlets, all following the harmonious design of traditional Chinese architecture. Sign posts describe local history and the halls maintain a Tea House where visitors may converse and take a break from the rays of the sun. A particular geological feature worth seeing are the ancient stones transferred from Lake Tai. Families pour into the garden on public vacation days while local people partake in Taiji exercise, or play card and Mahjong games every day, year round. The garden is open during daytime hours and admission is free of charge.

Xiangwang Park Xiangwang Park (Southwest Gate Park) is a more recent addition to Huzhou's collection of historical parks. It was built in 2009 and located at Chen Bei Bridge. The park includes the rebuilt wooden gate outpost on top of the original defensive wall. A visitor ship is permanently moored one kilometer west of the historic gate.

Long Island Park Long Island Park (pinyin "Changdao Gongyuan") is a new park just north of the city centre on an island stretching north-south in the middle of Xitiao River. It was built in 2009. The park is open every day. A popular destination for local residents after dinner, the lengthy route becomes something of a promenade for people taking their daily constitutional through the form of a jog or, more commonly, a walk. There is a small golf park, a historical pool, and a garden available to visitors.


Transport Huzhou is served by Huzhou railway station, situated to the west of the city. Both conventional and high-speed trains stop at the station.

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Huzhou was ranked #961 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Huzhou has a population of over 1,015,937 people. Huzhou also forms the centre of the wider Huzhou prefecture which has a population of over 3,367,579 people.

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South of: 30.893

🇨🇳 Fengxian 30.883

🇨🇳 Wuxing 30.867

🇨🇳 Jintang 30.851

🇺🇸 Thomasville 30.833

🇨🇳 Jiashan 30.831

🇺🇸 Valdosta 30.831

🇨🇳 Xindu 30.813

🇨🇳 Wanzhou 30.808

🇮🇷 Zarand 30.8

🇨🇳 Nanchong 30.795

East of: 120.088

🇨🇳 Wencheng 120.091

🇨🇳 Yiwu 120.1

🇨🇳 Wuxing 120.1

🇨🇳 Hangzhou 120.153

🇨🇳 Yancheng 120.163

🇵🇭 Zambales 120.17

🇹🇼 Tainan 120.18

🇹🇼 Tainan City 120.215

🇨🇳 Dongyang 120.217

🇨🇳 Tinghu 120.231

West of: 120.088

🇨🇳 Xihai'an 120.046

🇨🇳 Taixing 120.029

🇨🇳 Yongkang 120.022

🇵🇭 Iba 119.98

🇵🇭 Alaminos 119.98

🇨🇳 Deqing 119.977

🇨🇳 Changzhou 119.974

🇨🇳 Yandu 119.954

🇨🇳 Pingdu 119.938

🇨🇳 Laizhou 119.933

Antipodal to Huzhou is: -59.912,-30.893

Locations Near: Huzhou 120.088,30.8925

🇨🇳 Wuxing 120.1,30.867 d: 3.1  

🇨🇳 Deqing 119.977,30.543 d: 40.3  

🇨🇳 Wuzhong 120.411,31.178 d: 44.2  

🇨🇳 Anji 119.667,30.617 d: 50.6  

🇨🇳 Tongxiang 120.533,30.633 d: 51.4  

🇨🇳 Wujiang 120.645,31.139 d: 59.7  

🇨🇳 Wujiang District 120.645,31.139 d: 59.7  

🇨🇳 Hangzhou 120.153,30.267 d: 69.8  

🇨🇳 Wuzhong District 120.632,31.263 d: 66.2  

🇨🇳 Gusu District 120.592,31.319 d: 67.5  

Antipodal to: Huzhou -59.912,-30.893

🇦🇷 Paraná -60.533,-31.733 d: 19904.5  

🇦🇷 Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz -60.7,-31.633 d: 19903.8  

🇦🇷 Santa Fe -60.7,-31.633 d: 19903.8  

🇦🇷 Rafaela -61.483,-31.267 d: 19859.8  

🇦🇷 Reconquista -59.933,-29.233 d: 19830.6  

🇦🇷 Goya -59.25,-29.133 d: 19809.3  

🇦🇷 Concordia -58.033,-31.4 d: 19827.6  

🇧🇷 Salto -57.963,-31.396 d: 19821.3  

🇺🇾 Salto -57.95,-31.383 d: 19820.5  

🇦🇷 San Lorenzo -60.733,-32.75 d: 19794.4  

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