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Location of Jinzhou City jurisdiction in Liaoning
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Location of the city center in Liaoning
Coordinates(Liaoshen campaign memorial): 41°07′44″N121°08′53″E / 41.129°N 121.148°E / 41.129; 121.148 Coordinates: 41°07′44″N121°08′53″E / 41.129°N 121.148°E / 41.129; 121.148
Country People's Republic of China
Province Liaoning
Districts and Counties
  CPC Party SecretaryLiu Zhiqiang (刘志强)
  MayorWang Wenquan (王文权)
   Prefecture-level city 10,111 km2 (3,904 sq mi)
 (2017) [2]
436.00 km2 (168.34 sq mi)
24 m (78 ft)
 (2010 census) [1]
   Prefecture-level city 3,070,000
  Density300/km2 (790/sq mi)
 (2017) [2]
  Urban density2,200/km2 (5,800/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+8 (China Standard)
Area code(s) 416
ISO 3166 code CN-LN-07
License plate 辽G
Administrative division code 210700
Website www.jz.gov.cn

Jinzhou ( /ˈɪnˈ/ , [3] simplified Chinese : ; traditional Chinese :錦州; pinyin :Jǐnzhōu), formerly Chinchow, is a coastal prefecture-level city in central-west Liaoning province, China. It is a geographically strategic city located in the Liaoxi Corridor, which connects most of the land transports between North China and Northeast China, and is the economic center of western Liaoning. Located on the northern shore of Liaodong Bay, Jinzhou encompasses a coastline of 97.7 km (60.7 mi), with the Port of Jinzhou being China's northernmost seaport.


It is the fourth-most populous city in Liaoning, with a population of 3,126,463 (2010 census), of whom 1,091,799 reside in the urbanized area consisting of 3 urban districts. [4] The total area under the jurisdiction of Jinzhou is 10,111 square kilometers (3,904 sq mi), most of which is rural.


Map including Jinzhou (labeled as CHIN-HSIEN Jin Xian 
) (AMS, 1950) Txu-oclc-6614368-nk51-7.jpg
Map including Jinzhou (labeled as CHIN-HSIEN 錦縣) (AMS, 1950)

Jinzhou is an ancient city with over a thousand years of history. Originally known as Tuhe ( 徒河 ), it was part of Yan in the Warring States period. Under the Qin dynasty, the majority of what is now Jinzhou became part of Liaodong Commandery. It was part of Changli Commandery in the province of Youzhou during the Han dynasty and Three Kingdoms periods, but fell under the jurisdiction of Yingzhou in the Beiwei, Dongwei, and Beiqi periods, before becoming part of Liucheng Commandery and then Yan Prefecture during the Sui Dynasty and Tang dynasty. During the Tang, it was the seat of the Andong Protectorate.

The name "Jinzhou" came into use in the Liao dynasty, when it belonged to Zhongjing prefecture. In the Jin dynasty, it was part of Dongjing Prefecture and Beijing Prefecture. It belonged to Liaoyang Xingzhongshu in the Mongol Empire/Yuan dynasty and to Liaodong township in the Ming dynasty. It was ruled by Tianfu during the Qing dynasty, when its name was changed from Jinzhou to Jinxian. It is also known in English as Chinhsien and Chinchow.

People's Liberation Army launches final strike on Jinzhou Final Attack on Jinzhou.jpg
People's Liberation Army launches final strike on Jinzhou

During the Republican period, Jinzhou was attached to Liaoning Province. When the Chinese Civil War resumed in 1945, Jinzhou was the site of a major battle between the Communist and Nationalist forces, since it is where the main route from Manchuria through Shanhai Pass enters central China. Its capture on November 22, 1945 by Nationalist forces under Du Yuming forced the Communists to agree to a temporary ceasefire that lasted several months. [5]

After the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949, Liaoxi Province was founded and Jinzhou became its provincial capital. Jinzhou came back under the administration of Liaoning Province in 1954, when Liaoxi and Liaodong provinces re-merged.


Jinzhou is located in the southwestern portion of Liaoning, and borders Panjin, Anshan, and Shenyang to the east, and Huludao on the west. The city's southern coast is the Liaodong Bay. On the north are Chaoyang and Fuxin.

Jinzhou has a monsoon-influenced humid continental climate (Köppen Dwa), with four distinct seasons; winters are cold but very dry while summers are hot and humid. The monthly 24-hour average temperature ranges from −7.9 °C (17.8 °F) to 24.3 °C (75.7 °F) in July, with the annual mean being 9.50 °C (49.1 °F). The annual average precipitation is between 540 and 640 millimeters (21 and 25 in), the majority of which usually occurs in July and August alone. With monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 45% in July to 68% in three months, the city receives 2,682 hours of bright sunshine annually, with autumn and winter being especially sunny.

Fossil-bearing rocks are exposed in the city's vicinity, including the Yixian Formation. A genus of Early Cretaceous birds has been named Jinzhouornis in honor of the locality, but it appears to be a junior synonym of Confuciusornis which was found in the same formation some years earlier.

Climate data for Jinzhou (1971–2000)
Average high °C (°F)−2.4
Average low °C (°F)−12.5
Average precipitation mm (inches)2.7
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm)
Average relative humidity (%)52494849536779776557555359
Mean monthly sunshine hours 198.7202.6239.0247.1260.5234.9205.1228.4249.9233.0196.5186.72,682.4
Percent possible sunshine 68686562585245546768666561
Source: China Meteorological Administration


Jinzhou has eight immediate sub-municipal divisions:

#Name Chinese Hanyu Pinyin Population
(2003 est.)
Area (km²)Density
1 Taihe District 太和区Tàihé Qū210,000459458
2 Guta District 古塔区Gǔtǎ Qū240,000288,571
3 Linghe District 凌河区Línghé Qū420,000488,750
4 Linghai City 凌海市Línghǎi Shì600,0002,862210
5 Beizhen City 北镇市Běizhèn Shì530,0001,782297
6 Heishan County 黑山县Hēishān Xiàn630,0002,436259
7 Yi County 义县Yì Xiàn440,0002,496176
8Jinzhou Economic and
Technical Development Zone
Jǐnzhōu Jīngjì
Jìshù Kāifā Qū

The above eight are subdivided into 43 towns, 69 townships, and 1680 villages.


Jinzhou has a wide range of industries. Major traditional industries include petrochemistry, metallurgy, textiles, pharmacy and building materials.

Jinzhou Economic and Technical Development Zone : The Jinzhou Economic and Technical Development Zone was established in 1992. It is among the first province-level development zones approved by Liaoning Province. The development zone enjoys convenient transportation with easy access to Jinzhou Seaport, Jinzhou airport and several state highways.

Shopping and Services : Within the city, some western franchises have set up shop, most notably KFC, which has a long established foothold in Chinese markets. RT-Mart, New-Mart and Do-Do Express are major food and sundries retailers. Bank of Jinzhou (Jinzhou Yinhang) is the only bank in Jinzhou upon this writing with native English speaking staff, while Western Union, Bank of China and many other banking service are also present in the city. Visa and MasterCard are not accepted in Jinzhou, aside from a few large bank branches with access to these networks.

Photograph of a shopping mall in Jinzhou city. Jinzhou City Shopping Mall.JPG
Photograph of a shopping mall in Jinzhou city.


Jinzhou Airport provides air transport to major airports in China. There are two railway stations in the city, one designated for long trips and one for shorter routes. The most popular way to get around Jinzhou is on foot or by bicycle. Taxis crowd the streets and start at 6 RMB per trip. Bus routes also blanket the city and provide the most economical means of transportation, but are not always reliable.


Jinzhou is headquarters of the 40th Group Army of the People's Liberation Army, one of the three group armies that comprise the Shenyang Military Region responsible for defending China's northeastern borders with Russia and North Korea.


The Liaoshen Campaign Memorial (traditional Chinese :遼沈戰役紀念館; simplified Chinese :辽沈战役纪念馆) commemorates the Liaoshen Campaign of 1948. It is a large museum that holds and displays over 16,000 pieces of equipment used during the campaign, including rifles, machine guns, mortars, cannons, and tanks. It also holds thousands of pictures and documents. The best known exhibit inside the museum is the Panoramic Picture Hall, which reproduces the complete Battle of Jinzhou on a rotating circular screen.

Yiwulü Mountain is located in the west of Beizhen City of Jinzhou. It is one of the three sacred mountains in Northeast China. Wanghai Mountain is the main peak, with a height of 867 meters above the sea level, and tourist spots such as Beizhen Temple, Shenshui Bridge, Fish Pool, Guanyin Pavilion, Sijiao Pavilion, Kuangguang Pavilion, Lotus Stone, Cloud Pass and Wanghai Temple are scattered throughout the mountain range.

Mount Bijia is an island in the Bohai Sea south of Jinzhou on which is located a Buddhist temple. During most of the day, Mount Bijia can only be accessed by boat, but when the tide wanes, a natural causeway connects Mount Bijia to the mainland. People can walk to Mount Bijia from the seafront on foot and local people have named this natural wonder Tian Qiao, (lit: Sky Bridge). On the top of the mountain there is a tall stone pavilion, which resembles a gigantic pen resting on a pen holder, hence the name "Bijiashan", meaning the "Pen Holder Mountain".

Photograph of Mount Bijia at high tide. Bi jia shan at high tide.JPG
Photograph of Mount Bijia at high tide.

Guangji Pagoda (traditional Chinese :廣濟寺塔; simplified Chinese :广济寺塔): The Guangji Pagoda is located in Guta Park situated at the heart of Jinzhou. The 72-meter-tall tower is an example of beautiful Liao-style architecture, with thirteen levels in an octagonal shape. A quiet temple beneath completes the ancient Chinese setting. Visitors will see locals gather for early morning rituals, exercise and various other activities. There is no fee for admission to the temple grounds.


One of the bestselling nonfiction novels of the 1990s, "Wild Swans:Three Daughters of China", provides some detailed descriptions of Jinzhou both before and after the "1949 Liberation of China".

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Jinzhou has one sister city, as designated by Sister Cities International.

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