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Chuxi tulou cluster in Chuxicun, Xiyang, Yongding County.
Location in Longyan City in Fujian
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Location in China
Coordinates(Longyan government): 25°04′34″N117°01′01″E / 25.076°N 117.017°E / 25.076; 117.017 Coordinates: 25°04′34″N117°01′01″E / 25.076°N 117.017°E / 25.076; 117.017
CountryPeople's Republic of China
Province Fujian
Municipal seat Xinluo
  Total19,069 km2 (7,363 sq mi)
  Density130/km2 (350/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+8 (China Standard)
Postal code
364000, 366000
Area code(s) 597
ISO 3166 code CN-FJ-08
GDP 2009 [2]
 - Total CNY 74.845 billion (US$10.97 billion)
 - per capita CNY 26,971 (US$3,952)
 - GrowthIncrease2.svg 14.1%
License Plate 闽F
Administrative division code 350800
Local dialect Longyan Min and Hakka Chinese
Website www.longyan.gov.cn

Longyan (simplified Chinese :龙岩; traditional Chinese :龍巖; pinyin : Loudspeaker.svg Lóngyán ; Pe̍h-ōe-jī :Lêng-nâ or Liong-nâ; literally: 'dragon rock'; Hakka: Liùng-ngàm) is a prefecture-level city in southwestern Fujian province, People's Republic of China, bordering Guangdong to the south and Jiangxi to the west.



In 736 AD, (the Tang Dynasty), the prefecture of Tingzhou was established in western Fujian, or Minxi (闽西), administering Changting, Huanglian and Xinluo counties. Six years later Xinluo was named Longyan for the nearby cavern, a famous scenic site.

Due to the ancient conflicts in central China and aggression from northern tribes, many Han people moved from central China to Longyan.

in 1734, the Hokkien-speaking counties of Longyan city and Zhangping were ceded from Zhangzhou to form the Longyan Prefecture within the Hakka peasant Tingzhou prefecture, a typical Hakka peasant socitiey culturally distinct from the Minnanese by the imperial court. In 1913, it reverted to its former name Longyan County and in 1981, Longyan City was established.

Minxi was a strategic base during the Chinese Civil War.

It's said that tens of thousands of people were recruited from the Hakka peasantry from the western Longyan joined the PLA during the Chinese Civil War, and nearly every Hakka family had someone sacrificed lives on behalf of CCP side especially during Mao's early purges in Tingzhou and Ganzhou which killed roughly 700,0000 Hakka peole and some ethnic minorities. There are more than 26,000 locals that took part in the Long March which in total is carried out by 86,000. Moreover, during 1955 and 1968, 68 people from Longyan were awarded Brigadier General or above, which accounts for 82% of all generals from Fujian province at the time, therefore, Longyan is also named after "The Home of Generals". [3]


Unlike many Chinese cities, the forest coverage of Longyan reaches an unusually high 77.9%, which is unparalleled in Fujian province. [4] Meihuashan National Nature Reserve, a part of the China Biosphere Reserve Network, is located in Longyan.

Goby Rhinogobius longyanensis was first described from Longyan and named after it. [5] Presumably also the prehistoric bivalve Claraia longyanensis got its name from Longyan. [6]

Geography and climate

Longyan is situated in the upper reaches of the Jiulong and Ting Rivers. It borders the prefecture-level cities of Sanming to the north, Quanzhou to the east, Zhangzhou to the southeast, Meizhou (Guangdong) to the southwest, and Ganzhou (Jiangxi) to the west and northwest.

Longyan has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa), with short, mild winters, and long, hot and humid summers. Despite its inland location, the city's summers rank among the mildest in the province, averaging lower than even Xiamen and the islands of Pingtan County, both of which receive significant maritime moderation. [7] Rainfall is greatest in spring and early summer and at its least in autumn and early winter.


The prefecture-level city of Longyan had a population of 2,559,545 inhabitants as of 2010, according to the 2010 National Census. [8] The population of Longyan in 2010 was 4.65% inferior than in 2000 (when the inhabitants of the city stand at 2,684,310), giving an average annual rate of growth of -0.47%. [8]


The municipal executive, legislature and judiciary are in Xinluo District (新罗区), together with the CPC and Public Security bureau. The information about population uses the 2010 Census data.

English NameSimplifiedPinyinHakkaAreaPopulationDensity
Xinluo District 新罗区Xīnluó QūSîn-lò-khî2,685662,429247
Yongding District 永定区Yǒngdìng QūYún-thin-khî2,216362,658164
Zhangping City 漳平市Zhāngpíng ShìChông-phìn-sṳ2,975240,19481
Changting County 长汀县Chángtīng XiànTshòng-tin-yen3,099393,390127
Shanghang County 上杭县Shàngháng XiànSông-hông-yen2,879374,047130
Wuping County 武平县Wǔpíng XiànVú-phìn-yen2,630278,182106
Liancheng County 连城县Liánchéng XiànLièn-sàng-yen2,596248,64596


Longyan is inhabited by Hoklo people and Hakka peasants. The Hoklo people live in the urban areas and cities of Xinluo and Zhangping districts in the eastern Longyan prefecture and speak Longyan Min while Hakka peasants live in rural village areas of the countryside of the western part of the prefecture, making western Longyan famous for being named as the "Home of Hakka People". [4] The rural county of Changting is often referred to as the home of the Hakka, while the Ting River is known as the "mother river" of the Hakka people.

Longyan is a recent artificial construct of the Chinese government, having never been united together before the creation of Modern China. The two culturally distinct and separate Hoklo eastern city areas and Hakka western rural peasant areas have almost nothing in common in terms of language, culture and living habits, and were only forcibly merged into a single administrative region recently in history by the communist government.


Longyan serves as a strategic center for the distribution of goods to Xiamen, Quanzhou and Zhangzhou. It also acts as a gateway for trade with Guangdong and Jiangxi province. It is the main connection between the inland and coastal area.

Longyan is rich in natural resources such as important mineral deposits and forest zones. The Septwolves tobacco business is an important contributor to the local economy, as is the Zijin Mining group. The largest construction equipment maker Lonking Holdings is based in the city.


Famous people from Longyan

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