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Tongxiang
桐乡市
Tunghiang
Wuzhen in Tongxiang
Wuzhen in Tongxiang
Tongxiang is located in Zhejiang
Tongxiang
Tongxiang
Location in Zhejiang
Coordinates: 30°38′N 120°32′E / 30.633°N 120.533°E / 30.633; 120.533
CountryPeople's Republic of China
ProvinceZhejiang
Prefecture-level cityJiaxing
Area
 • County-level city727.49 km2 (280.89 sq mi)
 • Urban
727.49 km2 (280.89 sq mi)
 • Metro
727.49 km2 (280.89 sq mi)
Population
 (2020 census[1])
 • County-level city1,029,754
 • Density1,400/km2 (3,700/sq mi)
 • Urban
1,029,754
 • Urban density1,400/km2 (3,700/sq mi)
 • Metro
1,029,754
 • Metro density1,400/km2 (3,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)

Tongxiang City (simplified Chinese: 桐乡; traditional Chinese: 桐鄉; pinyin: Tóngxiāng; Wu: Ton-shion) is a county-level city, part of Jiaxing, in northern Zhejiang Province, China, bordering Jiangsu province to the north. It had a population of 1,029,754 as of the 2020 census even though its built-up (or metro) area is smaller. Nevertheless, as the city is expanding east quickly, its now nearly conurbated with Jiaxing built-up (or metro) area by Xiuzhou District.

Tongxiang was the birthplace of 20th-century novelist and cultural critic Mao Dun. The scenic town of Wuzhen is part of Tongxiang.

Administration

Tongxiang administers three subdistrict, nine towns and one township.

Climate

Climate data for Tongxiang (1991–2020 normals, extremes 1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 23.1
(73.6)
28.3
(82.9)
30.1
(86.2)
33.7
(92.7)
36.6
(97.9)
38.0
(100.4)
39.8
(103.6)
39.7
(103.5)
38.7
(101.7)
34.7
(94.5)
29.8
(85.6)
23.9
(75.0)
39.8
(103.6)
Mean daily maximum °C (°F) 8.2
(46.8)
10.6
(51.1)
15.2
(59.4)
21.3
(70.3)
26.1
(79.0)
28.8
(83.8)
33.3
(91.9)
32.6
(90.7)
28.3
(82.9)
23.3
(73.9)
17.4
(63.3)
11.1
(52.0)
21.4
(70.4)
Daily mean °C (°F) 4.5
(40.1)
6.6
(43.9)
10.6
(51.1)
16.4
(61.5)
21.5
(70.7)
24.8
(76.6)
29.1
(84.4)
28.6
(83.5)
24.4
(75.9)
19.0
(66.2)
13.0
(55.4)
6.8
(44.2)
17.1
(62.8)
Mean daily minimum °C (°F) 1.5
(34.7)
3.3
(37.9)
7.1
(44.8)
12.4
(54.3)
17.7
(63.9)
21.8
(71.2)
25.7
(78.3)
25.6
(78.1)
21.2
(70.2)
15.3
(59.5)
9.3
(48.7)
3.4
(38.1)
13.7
(56.6)
Record low °C (°F) −7.2
(19.0)
−6.6
(20.1)
−2.6
(27.3)
1.7
(35.1)
8.4
(47.1)
13.1
(55.6)
17.9
(64.2)
18.2
(64.8)
11.7
(53.1)
2.5
(36.5)
−3.1
(26.4)
−9.5
(14.9)
−9.5
(14.9)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 86.1
(3.39)
79.4
(3.13)
116.7
(4.59)
96.5
(3.80)
112.3
(4.42)
229.0
(9.02)
146.9
(5.78)
173.6
(6.83)
105.3
(4.15)
66.9
(2.63)
66.0
(2.60)
57.3
(2.26)
1,336
(52.6)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 12.3 11.4 14.0 13.0 12.3 14.9 12.4 13.7 10.8 8.0 9.9 9.0 141.7
Average snowy days 3.6 2.3 0.9 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 1.2 8.3
Average relative humidity (%) 78 76 75 73 74 80 77 78 79 76 78 76 77
Mean monthly sunshine hours 104.5 106.4 130.4 151.4 160.8 120.8 198.0 193.9 148.5 147.0 121.7 119.3 1,702.7
Percent possible sunshine 32 34 35 39 38 29 46 48 40 42 39 38 38
Source: China Meteorological Administration[2][3]

Economy

Hángbáijú (杭白菊), a variety of chrysanthemum flower tea, originates from Tongxiang. There are also annual Chrysanthemum festivals.

Tongxiang is one of biggest woolen sweater manufacturing base. In 2006, Tongxiang sold over 600 million woolen sweaters.

Puyuan Town (濮院镇) hosted the GQ Men of the Year awards in 2023; Brunello Cucinelli was honored as “Designer of the Year”.[4][5]

Education

Tongxiang is home to a joint-venture Canadian high school program called Jiaxing Grand Canadian Academy at Maodun Senior High School. The school offers the British Columbia, Canada high school graduation program that culminates in the awarding of the Dogwood Diploma. The school enrolls local Chinese students and employs only foreign, B.C. certified teachers to teach all subjects in English (Canadian history, math, science, English, PE, etc.) The school is on a sprawling campus with modern features (gym, running track, science labs, etc.). The school opened in 2005 and has been inspected and re-certified by the BC Government (MOE) each year since.

Notable people

Transport

Tongxiang is served by Tongxiang Railway Station, which connects it to Shanghai, Hangzhou, and other cities with a number of high speed trains.

Twin towns — sister cities

Tongxiang is twinned with:

References

  1. ^ "China: Zhèjiāng (Prefectures, Cities, Districts and Counties) - Population Statistics, Charts and Map".
  2. ^ 中国气象数据网 – WeatherBk Data (in Simplified Chinese). China Meteorological Administration. Retrieved 25 June 2023.
  3. ^ 中国气象数据网 (in Simplified Chinese). China Meteorological Administration. Retrieved 25 June 2023.
  4. ^ Brunello Cucinelli Honored with GQ China’s Designer of the Year 2023 Award December 8, 2023
  5. ^ (in Italian) Brunello Cucinelli è il designer dell'anno per GQ China GQ Italia
  6. ^ Sister/Twin Cities of Balıkesir Province