Jingzhou is a Chinese prefecture-level city located in southern Hubei on the banks of Yangtze River. In 2010 its total population was 5,691,710 people and 1,154,090 of them resided in the built-up (metro) area comprising the 2 urban districts.
The central urban area of Jingzhou has grown out of a city known historically as "Shashi" and the name is preserved in the names of several local facilities (Shashi Airport and railway freight station), as well as in Shashi District's name, which includes the historical center of the city.
Jingzhou has an area of 14,067 km2 (5,431 ml2) with topography that rises from east to west. The city is covered by a thick network of waterways and lakes, and is situated in the middle reaches of Yangtze River on Jianghan Plain. The city of Jingzhou has been a commodity distribution center and transportation hub for 6,000 years.
The ancient Jingzhou city forms what is today the main urban area of county of Jiangling, which is among the counties within the city. Situated in the middle reaches of Yangtze River, it has been a strategic position of military importance ever since ancient times.
Located within the borders of today Jingzhou, Ying was the capital of twenty kings over 411 years of State of Chu during Warring States and Spring and Autumn periods of Zhou Dynasty (1046 BCE - 256 BCE). During the Three Kingdoms period, the city is said to have been constructed with earth by Guan Yu. During the Northern and Southern Dynasties period, it was the capital of Western Liang, as well as the capital of Nanping State during the Ten Kingdoms and Five Dynasties period.
The city walls of Jingzhou were rebuilt in 1646. They measure 9 m (30 ft) high and 10 m (33 ft) thick. The wall's perimeter extends for 9.3 km (5.8 miles). The city gates, city walls, battlements and watchtowers have been well maintained. Plenty of the towers on top of the city gates have been rebuilt, leaving only Chaozong Tower (rebuilt in 1838 on Gongji Gate).
Jingzhou museum features on display a 2,000-year-old, well-preserved male corpse. There are also silk and lacquerware from Warring States period.
Highlights: Jinsha City, Jingzhou museum
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