Coordinates (Municipal seat):

34°52′N117°33′E / 34.867°N 117.550°E / 34.867; 117.550Coordinates: 34°52′N117°33′E / 34.867°N 117.550°E / 34.867; 117.550
Country People's Republic of China
Province Shandong
County-level divisions 6
Township-level divisions 62
Municipal seat Shizhong District
 • Mayor Liu Yuxiang (刘玉祥)
 • Prefecture-level city 4,563.22 km2 (1,761.87 sq mi)
 • Urban
3,069 km2 (1,185 sq mi)
 • Metro
1,008.9 km2 (389.5 sq mi)
 (2010 census)
 • Prefecture-level city 3,729,140
 • Density 820/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Urban density 690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
 • Metro
 • Metro density 890/km2 (2,300/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+08:00 (China Standard)
Postal code
Area code(s) 0632
ISO 3166 code CN-SD-04
License Plate Prefix 鲁D
Traditional Chinese 棗莊
Simplified Chinese 枣庄
Postal Tsaochwang

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.

Archaeologists find evidence of human activities in this region since Neolithic. 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 3,729,140 at the 2010 census whom 899,753 in the built-up area made of Shizhong and Yicheng districts.

Administration [ edit ]

The prefecture-level city of Zaozhuang administers 6 county-level divisions, including 5 districts and 1 county-level city.

These are further divided into 62 township-level divisions, including 44 towns, 2 townships and 16 subdistricts.


Topography [ edit ]

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.

Transportation [ edit ]

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).

Notable people [ edit ]

History Culture [ edit ]

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 (泇 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 launched a large-scale The Taierzhuang battle, the Chinese army won an unprecedented victory since the resistance. In the twenty-ninth year of the Republic of China (1940), under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, the railway guerrillas established in Zaozhuang and the Japanese army fought bravely to defeat the Japanese invaders with guerrilla tactics.

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