- China.org.cn, April 22, 2015
The city of Yongzhou lies in the south of Hunan along the Xiangjiang River. The city of 6.3 million has an area of 22,400 square kilometers, consisting of the districts of Zhishan and Lengshuitan and nine counties – Dong'an, Qiyang, Shuangpai, Ningyuan, Xintian, Daoxian, Jiangyong, Jianghua Yao Autonomous county and Lanshan.
Mausoleum of Emperor Shun [Photo/China.org.cn]
Situated at the intersection of temperate and subtropical zones, Yongzhou enjoys a humid monsoon climate characterized by a moderate temperature, moist air, abundant rainfall and sufficient sunshine. The annual average temperature is around 17.6 C to 18.6 C, and annual rainfall falls between 1,290 and 1,900 millimeters.
Yongzhou is bordered by Guangdong Province in the south and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in the west. It is the gateway to Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan Province and the vast areas of Southwest China, as well as to Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions. The city has established trade, economic and technical cooperation relations with Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, as well as the United States, Japan, Australia and 20 other countries.
In 2014, the city's GDP reached 130 billion yuan, an increase of 9.5 percent over the previous year.