Qingtan Temple
Baodugu National Forest Park
Zhongxing Square
Location of Zaozhuang in Shandong
Location of Zaozhuang in Shandong
Coordinates (Xuecheng municipal government, Xuecheng District): 34°48′39″N 117°19′26″E / 34.8109°N 117.3238°E / 34.8109; 117.3238
CountryPeople's Republic of China
County-level divisions6
Township-level divisions62
Municipal seatXuecheng District
 • MayorZhang Hongwei (张宏伟)
 • Prefecture-level city4,563.22 km2 (1,761.87 sq mi)
 • Urban
3,069 km2 (1,185 sq mi)
 • Metro
1,008.9 km2 (389.5 sq mi)
 (2020 census)[1]
 • Prefecture-level city3,855,601
 • Density840/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Urban density740/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
 • Metro
 • Metro density970/km2 (2,500/sq mi)
 • Prefecture-level cityCN¥ 240 billion
US$ 36.3 billion
 • Per capitaCN¥ 61,226
US$ 9,252
Time zoneUTC+08:00 (China Standard)
Postal code
Area code0632
ISO 3166 codeCN-SD-04
License Plate Prefix鲁D
Traditional Chinese棗莊
Simplified Chinese枣庄

Zaozhuang (simplified Chinese: 枣庄; traditional Chinese: 棗莊; pinyin: Zǎozhuāng) is a prefecture-level city in the south of Shandong province, People's Republic of China. Since January 2019 (after the Laiwu prefecture got incorporated into Jinan prefecture), the smallest prefecture-level city in the province, it borders Jining to the west and north, Linyi to the east, and the province of Jiangsu to the south. The Battle of Taierzhuang occurred in the city during the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1938. The Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–45) had a significant impact on Zaozhuang.[3]

Archaeologists have found evidence of human activities in this region dating back to the Neolithic era. Its culture started from 7300 years ago of ancestor culture, and developed to city-state culture 4300 years ago, then evolved to canal culture 2700 years ago, and finally stepped to industrial culture 130 years ago.

Its population is 3,855,601 at the 2020 census whom 975,539 in the built-up area made of Shizhong and Yicheng districts. As of the end of 2022, the permanent population of Zaozhuang City is 3.8297 million.[4]

At present, Zaozhuang has gradually grown into one of the important bases of China's lithium battery industry, known as the "Lithium Battery Capital in Northern China".[5]


Qingtan Temple, Yicheng, Zaozhuang

The history of Zaozhuang is closely linked to the canal. According to archaeological discoveries, the earliest canal in the territory, the Qianyang Canal, was excavated in the Spring and Autumn period. The Zaozhuang section of the Jinghang Canal was excavated in the 32nd year of Ming Wanli (1604), flowing through the city's Taierzhuang, Yucheng, Xuecheng and Tengzhou, with a total length of 93.9 kilometers, from Xiazhen Lijiagang to Zhangzhou. The estuary enters the Yellow River, because the Weihe River is the main supplementary water source. Its opening has changed the situation that the Beijing-Hangzhou Expressway is unreasonable due to the flooding of the Yellow River. For hundreds of years, it has played an important role in the transportation of Nanliangbei, material circulation and cultural exchange. The continuity of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal also promotes economic prosperity along the canal area. Taierzhuang along the coast has rapidly developed into a “lunan town”, and “Yixian County” records: “Taierzhuangtun Canal, merchants are convinced, Tianyibi, and Xuyi is also a city.” The gathering of merchants brings cultural blending, Taierzhuang The ancient city has also become a typical representative of the canal culture. It has the most distinctive features of the blending of north and south cultures on the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal and the combination of Chinese and Western cultures.

Zaozhuang is a heroic city with a glorious revolutionary tradition. In the 27th year of the Republic of China (1938), under the leadership of Li Zongren, commander of the Fifth Theater, the vast Lunan area with Taierzhuang as the center of gravity and the Japanese invaders engaged in the large-scale Battle of Tai'erzhuang, considered the first Chinese victory in the Second Sino-Japanese War. Two years later, in 1940, under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, the railway guerrillas established in Zaozhuang and the Chinese army fought bravely to defeat the Japanese invaders with guerrilla tactics.


The prefecture-level city of Zaozhuang administers six county-level divisions, including five districts and one county-level city. The seat of Zaozhuang is Xuecheng District.

These are further divided into 62 township-level divisions, including 44 towns, two townships and 16 subdistricts.


Coal-Mining History

Zhongxing Square in Zaozhuang, which is a quarry lake left after coal ore exhausted

Zaozhuang City long been important in coal-mining in China. The coal mining were developed prior to World War II, although it was severely damaged during the latter part of World War II. In 1954, the coal production brought back in production, since then it modernized the progress and connects those of Jiawang and Xuzhou in northern Jiangsu province.[5] After years of economic restructuring and environmental remediation, Zaozhuang is now back to an eco-friendly city.


Weishan Lake, which is located at the east of Zaozhuang

Zaozhuang City is located in the southern part of the low hills of Luzhong, and belongs to the Huanghuai Plain. The terrain is high in the north, low in the south, low in the east and low in the west, and it is inclined to the northeast to the southwest. The mountain in the northern Shanting District is 620 meters above sea level, which is the highest point in the city. The mountains, such as the Lianqing Mountain and the Baoji Mountain, are more than 500 meters above sea level, and the mountains are undulating and swaying in the north of the city. Holding 580 meters above sea level, it is called "the first of the seventy-two scorpions." The western lakeside and the coastal zone have the lowest terrain and flat ground, with an altitude of 30–40 meters and a minimum elevation of 24.5 meters. The topography and landforms in the territory are relatively complex, forming many types of landforms such as low mountains, hills, piedmont plains, floodplains, and lakes along the lake. The hills account for 54.6% of the total area, the plains account for 26.6% of the total area, and the depression accounts for 18.8% of the total area.[6]


Zaozhuang belongs to the mid latitude warm temperate monsoon continental climate zone, which combines the characteristics of a warm and humid climate in the south and a dry and cold climate in the north.[7] Zaozhuang with four distinct seasons, summers are long and hot and humid and winters are cold and dry, spring and autumn are short and cool and mostly dry, but air humidly is high.

Climate data for Zaozhuang (Shizhong District, 1991–2020 normals, extremes 1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 16.1
Mean daily maximum °C (°F) 5.4
Daily mean °C (°F) 0.5
Mean daily minimum °C (°F) −3.3
Record low °C (°F) −13.0
Average precipitation mm (inches) 12.5
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 3.6 4.3 4.9 6.1 7.3 7.5 13.6 11.7 7.5 5.3 5.1 4.1 81
Average snowy days 3.2 2.9 0.9 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.7 1.6 9.4
Average relative humidity (%) 62 59 56 58 62 65 79 79 71 66 67 64 66
Mean monthly sunshine hours 135.8 141.9 186.8 203.2 211.8 176.7 152.9 155.9 164.1 169.1 142.0 139.3 1,979.5
Percent possible sunshine 43 46 50 52 49 41 35 38 45 49 46 46 45
Source: China Meteorological Administration[8][9]


Xintai Expressway in Shanting, Zaozhuang

Zaozhuang and Zaozhuang West are stops on both the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway and the Beijing-Shanghai (Jinghu) railway. Since 15 May 2016, the Zaolin railway (from Zaozhuang West to Linyi) has connected the city with the Yanri railway. Based on Shandong Province's planning, Zaozhuang will be linked with Linyi (to east), Heze (to west) and Jinan (to north) by the inter-city rail by 2022.

The Beijing-Fuzhou highway also passes through Zaozhuang from north to south.

Zaozhuang has already augmented whole city's transportation by bus rapid transportation (BRT). Zaozhuang City has officially become a "National Demonstration City for Bus City Construction". As of 2021, Zaozhuang Bus Rapid Transit has 10 BRT lines and 16 transfer lines and has safely operated 98 million kilometers and transported a total of 390 million passengers.[10]

The construction project of Zaozhuang Yiyun Airport has been launched, which is one of the key projects in China's 13th Five Year Plan (2016–2020).[11] Positioned as a domestic 4C level branch airport.[12] Zaozhuang Yiyun Airport is about 180 kilometers away from Jinan Airport and 60 kilometers away from Xuzhou Guanyin International Airport. Xuzhou Guanyin International Airport has opened the urban terminal building in Zaozhuang.[11]



Zaozhuang Spicy Chicken

Zaozhuang Spicy chicken (辣子鸡)

Zaozhuang Spicy Chicken has been approved as an expansion project of the provincial intangible cultural heritage representative project list in Shandong Province.[13]

Vegetable pancakes (菜煎饼)

Zaozhuang Vegetable Pancake

Vegetable pancakes are one of the three famous dishes in Zaozhuang City (Spicy chicken, Vegetable pancakes, and Mutton soup). The raw materials are prepared in proportion with more than ten types of miscellaneous grains, ground into flour, and then spread and baked. Spread cooking oil, eggs, ham sausages, and various seasonal vegetables on the baked pancakes, heat them until they are ripe, and then cut them into pieces for consumption.[14]

Sa Soup (糁汤)

Sa soup is a must for breakfast in Zaozhuang, served with deep-fried dough sticks, Shaobing (Baked cake in griddle), etc. Sa soup is often made from chicken (or beef or lamb) and wheat kernels, flour, scallions, ginger, salt, pepper, five spice powder, sesame oil, soy sauce, vinegar, and other raw materials through multiple processes.[15]

Mutton soup (羊肉汤)

One of the three famous dishes in Zaozhuang City, including spicy chicken, vegetable pancakes, and lamb soup, is made by boiling lamb bones and adding fresh lamb and lamb offal into a soup pot. After boiling, the lamb soup is poured in and sprinkled with scallions to make the "No.1 Soup in Shandong" - Zaozhuang Lamb Soup.[14]


Zaozhuang dialect belongs to the Northern language family, and a more detailed classification belongs to the Xilu community in the Central Plains Mandarin region.Zaozhuang dialect is not unique in the vast northern dialect area, with similarities and differences.

Zaozhuang dialect can be roughly divided into two schools: new and old.These two dialects are basically consistent in grammar, with slight differences in vocabulary but significant differences in pronunciation.The new dialect is formed by the influence of Mandarin pronunciation on the old Zaozhuang dialect.


Notable people


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