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Rugao is located in Jiangsu
Location in Jiangsu
Coordinates: 32°14′46″N 120°35′28″E / 32.246°N 120.591°E / 32.246; 120.591Coordinates: 32°14′46″N 120°35′28″E / 32.246°N 120.591°E / 32.246; 120.591[1]
CountryPeople's Republic of China
Prefecture-level cityNantong
 • Total1,576.47 km2 (608.68 sq mi)
 • Total1,241,700
 • Density790/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)
Postal Code

Rugao (Chinese: 如皋; pinyin: Rúgāo) is a county-level city under the administration of Nantong, Jiangsu province, China, located in the Yangtze River Delta on the northern (left) bank of the river.


Map including Rugao (labeled as JU-KAO 如皋) (AMS, 1952)
Map including Rugao (labeled as JU-KAO 如皋) (AMS, 1952)

In 411, the western part of then Hailing (Taizhou) was separated from the county to create Rugao county, which named after a coastal village. During Sui dynasty, the county was merged into Ninghai county. Restored in 952, the county was transferred to then Tongzhou in 1724.[2] Around the 1930s, Rugao was the most populous county in then Jiangsu province.[3] Two county governments of the New Fourth Army were established in the then county: Ruxi (literally Western Rugao) and Rugao (1940–5, was renamed as Rudong by the CPC in November 1945 ), while the Tongzhou-Yangzhou Canal marked the boundary between the two regions, during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Ruxi succeed to the designation Rugao in 1945, the reshuffling of territory came true only in January 1949, when the CPC totally controlled the area. On 1 June 1990, with approval of the State Council, Rugao was turned into a county-level city, which went into effect in 1991.[2]

Administrative divisions

In the present, Rugao City has one subdistrict and 19 towns.[4]

1 subdistrict
19 towns
  • Chaiwan (柴湾镇)
  • Xue'an (雪岸镇)
  • Dongchen (东陈镇)
  • Dingyan (丁堰镇)
  • Baipu (白蒲镇)
  • Linzi (林梓镇)
  • Xiayuan (下原镇)
  • Jiuhua (九华镇)
  • Guoyuan (郭园镇)
  • Shizhuang (石庄镇)
  • Changjiang (长江镇)
  • Wuyao (吴窑镇)
  • Jiang'an (江安镇)
  • Gaoming (高明镇)
  • Changqing (常青镇)
  • Banjing (搬经镇)
  • Motou (磨头镇)
  • Taoyuan (桃园镇)
  • Yuanqiao (袁桥镇)



Notable people


  1. ^ Google (2014-07-02). "Rugao" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2014-07-02.
  2. ^ a b 中国历史地名大辞典 [The Great Encyclopaedia of Chinese Historical Toponyms]. p. 1154. ISBN 978-7-500-44929-4.
  3. ^ 江苏省志・人口志 [Jiangsu Provical Gazetteer, Volume on Demography]. Fangzhi Publishing House. pp. 90–8. ISBN 978-7-801-22526-9.
  4. ^ "南通市-行政区划网" (in Chinese). XZQH. Retrieved 2012-05-24.