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Chenzhou (Chinese: 郴州; Pinyin: Chēnzhōu) is a city located in the southern area of Hunanmarker province in Chinamarker.


Chenzhou is situated at the juncture of Hunan and Guangdong provinces at the foot of Qitianling Hill of the Nanling Mountain Range. Places of interest, natural scenic spots, ancient relics and buildings make for over 100 tourism spots in the city. The major ones are the Suxian Hill, the Wanhuayan the Dongjiang Lake and the Wugai Mountain Hunting Field.

In the beginning of 2008, Chenzhou was seriously struck by a freezing rain and snow disaster.

The areas of interest in this region include:万华岩(underground cave, translated to Magnificent rocks) 五盖山,Wugai Mountain Hunting Field, 苏仙岭,Suxian Hill and 东江湖,Dongjiang Lake.

苏仙岭,Suxian HillIt is located about 1.5 km east of Chenzhou, covering 15 square km. Beautiful peaks and dense forests give the place the reputation of being "the 18th blessed land in China".

五盖山,Wugai Mountain Hunting FieldSituated 30 km away from Chenzhou it has over 8,000 hectares of land and can offer for hunters many kinds of animals which are permitted to be hunted. Hotels and campsites are available. It is the only hunting field in southern China.

东江湖,Dongjiang LakeLocated in Zixing, it covers an area of 160 square km and can contain 8.12 billion cubic meters of water, equaling half of the Dongting Lakemarker. Dongjiang Lake is wide and misty, dotted with islets and docks. Around it mountains rise and fall and embrace new small villages, forming a unique picture of mountains and water.

Major deposits of tungsten, bismuth and molybdenum make it the Home of Non-ferrous metals.

It covers an area of 19,317 sq. kilometers, that is 9.2% area of Hunan.The total population reached 4,559,600 as of 2001. 26% of them live in urban area, 74% of them live in rural area.


Chenzhou was the site of a large investigation when its municipal government and party committee, led by Secretary Li Dalun, was charged on multiple counts of corruption in June 2006.

Administrative divisions

  • Beihu District (北湖区), 815 sq. kilometers. Population: 300,000 (2003).
  • Suxian District (苏仙区), 1342.28 sq. kilometers. Population: 249,900
  • Zixingmarker county-level City (资兴市) 2716 sq. kilometers. Population: 360,000
  • Guiyang County (桂阳县), 2954 sq. kilometers. Population: 790,000
  • Yongxing County (永兴县), 1979 sq. kilometers. Population: 630,000
  • Yizhang County (宜章县), 2086 sq. kilometers. Population: 560,000
  • Jiahe County (嘉禾县), 696 sq. kilometers. Population: 340,000
  • Linwu County (临武县), 1375 sq. kilometers. Population: 310,000
  • Rucheng County (汝城县), 2424 sq. kilometers. Population: 360,000
  • Guidong County (桂东县), 1453 sq. kilometers. Population: 170,000
  • Anren Countymarker (安仁县), 1461 sq. kilometers. Population: 390,000


  1. Demographics of Chenzhou, Official website of Chenzhou Government, August 28, 2007.

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