For the county in Shaanxi province, see Feng County, Shaanxi

Fengxian
丰县
Location in Xuzhou
Location in Xuzhou
Fengxian is located in Jiangsu
Fengxian
Fengxian
Location in Jiangsu
Coordinates: 34°40′26″N 116°37′05″E / 34.674°N 116.618°E / 34.674; 116.618Coordinates: 34°40′26″N 116°37′05″E / 34.674°N 116.618°E / 34.674; 116.618
CountryPeople's Republic of China
ProvinceJiangsu
Prefecture-level cityXuzhou
Area
 • Total1,450.2 km2 (559.9 sq mi)
Population
 (2018)
 • Total950,500
 • Density660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)
Postal code
221700
Websitewww.chinafx.gov.cn

Feng County, or Fengxian (simplified Chinese: 丰县; traditional Chinese: 豐縣; pinyin: Fēng Xiàn), is under the administration of Xuzhou, Jiangsu province, China. The northwesternmost and westernmost county-level division in the province, it borders the provinces of Shandong to the north and west, and Anhui to the south. The county is well known for its about 11,120 acres (or 450,000 ares) of the Fuji apple trees.[1][page needed] In late January 2022, a blogger post on the Internet of a woman, a mother of eight, shackled in a rural area of Feng County, and initially clumsy responses by local authorities became hotly discussed topics on the Internet and attracted international attention.[2]

Etymology

The word "Feng" () here has dual meanings: For one thing, it was the name of an ancient tributary of the Si River which flowed through the area. For another the area was deemed to be bountiful, while "feng" is also an adjective to describe such a condition in Chinese.[3]

History

Feng County proper was administered as a town under Pei county called Feng yi (豐邑) by the early Han dynasty before its establishment. Then it was assigned to then Pei Commandery, Yu province until 583, being a part of Pengcheng Commandery (later Xuzhou). It was once disestablished, but was restored in 457. The county was temporarily under the jurisdiction of Shandong province during 1949–53.[3]

Administrative divisions

At present, Feng County has 14 towns.[4]

14 towns
  • Fengcheng (凤城镇)
  • Shouxian (首羡镇)
  • Shunhe (顺河镇)
  • Changdian (常店镇)
  • Huankou (欢口镇)
  • Shizhai (师寨镇)
  • Huashan (华山镇)
  • Liangzhai (梁寨镇)
  • Fanlou (范楼镇)
  • Sunlou (孙楼镇)
  • Songlou (宋楼镇)
  • Dashahe (大沙河镇)
  • Wanggou (王沟镇)
  • Zhaozhuang (赵庄镇)

Video of chained mother of eight

See also: Xuzhou chained woman incident

In January 2022, a Chinese blogger published video footage of a mother-of-eight, chained by the neck in a freezing shed in Feng County. According to a government statement released on 23 February, she originated from Yunnan, had been brought by a trafficker to Jiangsu in 1998 where she was sold twice as a bride, and had given birth to eight children between 1999 and 2020. The statement also said that her real name was Xiaohuamei.[5] Her name had previously been reported as Yang Qingxia.[6] The footage sparked outrage on the Chinese Internet and also garnered international attention. Initial attempts by local Xuzhou and Feng County authorities to quell the anger through statements proved to backfire for their clumsiness, for being contradictory,[5] and for not addressing a number of questions arising from the footage.[2] Some observers believed that the wider problem of trafficking women in this area had been enabled by the connivance of local officials. County-level militia was deployed to seal off the home village of Xiaohuamei, and more than 100 people were questioned by police over the public leaking of information related to her case.[6] Xiaohuamei's husband, surnamed Dong, was officially arrested on 22 February on charges of abuse and suspicion of purchasing an abducted woman. Several high-ranking officials were punished and the Communist Party chief of Feng County was removed from his post.[5]

References

  1. ^ Jiangsu Provincial Chorographies: Horticulture Chorography. Nanjing: Jiangsu People's Press. 2003. ISBN 7-80643-834-3.
  2. ^ a b Kuo, Lily (9 February 2022). "Plight of Chinese mother of eight chained outside in winter causes public outrage despite official explanations". Washington Post. Retrieved 21 February 2022.
  3. ^ a b Overview of Jiangsu's cities and counties(in Chinese). pp. 114–117. ISBN 978-7-55-373496-5.
  4. ^ "徐州市-行政区划网 www.xzqh.org" (in Chinese). XZQH. Retrieved 2012-05-24.
  5. ^ a b c Zhang, Phoebe (23 February 2022). "Officials sacked and punished over case of 'chained woman' in China". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 27 February 2022.
  6. ^ a b Long, Qiao; Lee, Simon; Jia, Ao; Fong, Tak Ho (21 February 2022). "Militia deployed in China's Jiangsu in crackdown on online posts about chained woman". Radio Free Asia. Retrieved 22 February 2022.