Jiujiang is located in the northern
part of Jiangxi Province on the banks of the Yangtze
River. It has been a flourishing commercial center
and well-known as one of the "four great rice
cities" and one of the "three great tea cities"
since ancient times. Beautiful Mount Lushan rises
in the city and the Yangtze River flows in the
surrounding area. In the city lies the Poyang
Lake, one of the five most famous lakes in China.
There are nine rivers that converge
in the city, the Ganjiang, Po, Yu, Xiu, Gan, Xu,
Shu, Nan and Peng, hence the name Jiujiang (nine
rivers). Nine is the largest odd number and Chinese
people think it has special meaning. The city
first came into being as an administrative division
during the Qin Dynasty about 2, 200 years ago.
The city covers a total area of 188,000
square km, with a population of 4.66 million.
There are nine counties, one city, two districts,
one bureau and two development regions within
the council jurisdiction.
The Chinese say, "Jiujiang is a city
with six mountains, two waters, cropland, road
and manor." The land in the east and west area
is high and the middle part is plain and low.
Mountains and hilly areas occupy about 60% of
the total land of the city.
Jiujiang is situated in the area between
the central sub-tropical and northern sub-tropical
regions. It enjoys a temperate climate, ample
rainfall, abundant sunshine and four distinctive
seasons. The annual averagetemperature is 16.4
Jiujiang is endowed with wonderful
scenery, a beautiful setting and a large variety
of places of historic interest. There are Mt.
Lushan, the Yangtze River, Poyang Lake and as
many as 400 scenic spots around the city. In addition,
there are lots of historical attractions in Jiujiang,
including Xunyang Tower, Pipa Pavilion, and Bailudong