Meixian District


Location of the district in Meizhou
Location of the district in Meizhou
Meixian is located in Guangdong
Location in Guangdong
Coordinates: 24°19′17″N116°07′10″E / 24.32139°N 116.11944°E / 24.32139; 116.11944Coordinates: 24°19′17″N116°07′10″E / 24.32139°N 116.11944°E / 24.32139; 116.11944
Country People's Republic of China
Province Guangdong
Prefecture-level city Meizhou
 • Total 2,755.36 km2 (1,063.85 sq mi)
Time zone UTC+8 (China Standard)
Meixian District
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese 梅县
Hakka Mòi-yen

(IPA: [mɔi˩jɛn˥˧])
Literal meaning Plum County
Former Name (Qing dynasty)
Traditional Chinese 嘉應
Simplified Chinese 嘉应

Meixian (simplified Chinese: 梅县; traditional Chinese: 梅縣; pinyin: Méixiàn; literally: 'Plum County', Hakka: Moiyen), formerly Meihsien, is a district of Meizhou City, in northeastern Guangdong Province, China.[1]

History [ edit ]

Its original name was Chengxiang county (程鄕) during the southern Han Dynasty where it was first created, all the way to the Song, Yuan and Ming Dynasties, and then renamed Jiaying county during the Qing Dynasty. It only obtained the name Meixian in 1911 during the Xinhai Revolution.

Geography [ edit ]

Map including Meixian (MEI-HSIEN 梅縣 (KAYING)) area (1954)

Meixian almost completely surrounds Meizhou's central urban Meijiang District. This is due to the old urban core of Meixian becoming separated from the bulk of the county in the territorial reorganization following the 1949 establishment of the People's Republic of China, when it was given equal status.

Administrative divisions [ edit ]

Meixian has administrative jurisdiction over one subdistrict and 18 towns.[2]


Culture [ edit ]

With a majority Hakka population, Meixian, along with Dabu County, is known as the home of Standard Hakka.

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ 国务院批准广东梅县"撤县设区" 政府驻地不变. China News (in Chinese). 11 November 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Mei County (梅县)" (in Chinese). National Bureau of Statistics of the People's Republic of China. 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2014.

External links [ edit ]

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