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Dongzhi is the southwesternmost division in this map of Chizhou
Chizhou in Anhui
Coordinates: 30°06′40″N 117°01′39″E / 30.1112°N 117.0275°E / 30.1112; 117.0275Coordinates: 30°06′40″N 117°01′39″E / 30.1112°N 117.0275°E / 30.1112; 117.0275
CountryPeople's Republic of China
Prefecture-level cityChizhou
 • Total3,261 km2 (1,259 sq mi)
 • Total492,000
 • Density150/km2 (390/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)
Postal code

Dongzhi County (simplified Chinese: 东至县; traditional Chinese: 東至縣; pinyin: Dōngzhì Xiàn) is a county in the south of Anhui province, situated on the southeast (right) bank of the Yangtze and bordering Jiangxi province to the south. It is under the jurisdiction of the prefecture-level city of Chizhou and occupies its southwest corner. It has a population of 530,000[when?] and an area of 3,256 square kilometres (1,257 sq mi). The government of Dongzhi County is located in Yaodu Town.

In paleontology, it is known for its Hualong Cave from which important human and animal fossils have been discovered,[1][2] including Homo erectus (dubbed Dongzhi Man)[3] and a 300,000-year-old archaic human (Homo sapiens).[4]

Administrative divisions

Dongzhi County has jurisdiction over 11 towns and 3 townships.[5]


  • Yaodu (尧渡镇)
  • Dongliu (Tungliu) (东流镇)
  • Longquan (龙泉镇)
  • Xiangyu (香隅镇)
  • Zhangxi (张溪镇)
  • Yanghu (洋湖镇)
  • Gegong (葛公镇)
  • Dadukou (大渡口镇)
  • Guangang (官港镇)
  • Zhaotan (昭潭镇)
  • Nixi (泥溪镇)

– Former Towns:


Tourist attractions

The village of Nanxiguzhai nestled deep in the midst of hills is well known to be the descendants of a Xiongnu tribe.A ticket priced at RMB45 can be purchased.


Dongzhi is served by the Tongling–Jiujiang Railway.


  1. ^ Dong, Wei (2016). "Biochronological framework of Homo erectus horizons in China". Quaternary International. 400: 47–57. Bibcode:2016QuInt.400...47D. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2015.09.019.
  2. ^ Tong, Haowen; Wu, Xiujie; Dong, Zhe; et al. (2018). "Ānhuī Dōngzhì Huálóng Dòng gǔ rénlèi yízhǐ bǔrǔ dòngwù huàshí de chūbù yánjiū" 安徽东至华龙洞古人类遗址哺乳动物化石的初步研究 [Preliminary report on the mammalian fossils from the ancient human site of Hualong Cave in Dongzhi, Anhui]. Rénlèixué xuébào / Acta Anthropologica Sinica (in Chinese). 37 (2): 284–305. doi:10.16359/j.cnki.cn11-1963/q.2017.0070.
  3. ^ "Well-Preserved Homo Erectus Skull Discovered in China". Archaeology. 20 November 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  4. ^ "300,000-Year-Old Fossils Discovered in China". Archaeology. 24 May 2019. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  5. ^ "南京市-行政区划网" (in Chinese). XZQH. Retrieved 2012-05-24.