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Updated: 2011-08-23

Location of Xinyu within Jiangxi

Location: Xinyu lies in the west-central region of Jiangxi province, neighboring Yichun and Ji'an. The capital city of the province, Nanchang, is about 150 kilometers (93 miles) east of Xinyu.

History: Although this area was inhabited by human settlers as early as 5,000 years ago, Xinyu county, named after the Yushui River running through it, was established in 267 during the Three Kingdoms Period (220-280) under the administration of Yichun. By the year of 598, the county had been marked off from the Yichun.

Physical Features: Xinyu is located in the medium and low mountainous and hilly area of western Jiangxi, and its terrain is higher in the north and south, flat and lower in the center with the Yuanhe River running through. Apart from large areas of hilly mountains and hills, plain areas around the river are also an important component of the city's landform.

Climate: The city bears a subtropical humid climate characterized by a distinct four seasons, temperate weather and relatively shorter chilly winter. July to August should be the hottest period of a year. Frost and snow usually fall during the severe winter. The second quarter of the year collects almost half a year's rainfall.

Changlin Lake in spring

Demographics: There are 1,110,000 people living within prefecture limits. Most people are Han Chinese. The city covers an area of 3,178 square kilometers (1,227 square miles).

When to Go: at any season during a year

Fairy Lake

Special Local Products: preserved egg, grass cloth, honey orange

Scenic Spots: Fairy Lake Scenic Resort covers an area of 198 kilometers (76 square miles) in total, ranking the top attractions in Xinyu city and even in Jiangxi province as well. It is 17 kilometers (11 miles) from the downtown area, and is divided into five principal scenic zones: Wulong Lake, Zhongshan Valley, Qianyang Lake, Dagang Mountain, Jiulong (Nine-dragon) Bay. The scenic area is a collection of karst caves, elegant islands and ancient towns, tombs and stone inscriptions.

Travel Tips: Xinyu does not have its own airport, but it is convenient to draw support from the Nanchang Changbei International Airport. Over an hour is needed to shuttle between the two cities. Here is enclosed the address of the Xinyu's long-distance bus station: No.723, Xianlai Dadao (East), Yushui district.

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