- Gutian county
Gutian (Chinese: 古田;
Pinyin: Gǔtián; Foochow Romanized: Kŭ-chèng), also known as Kucheng or Ku-cheng, lies in the southwest of Ningde, Chinaand has a total land area of 2377 km².
ubdivision and Population
It has jurisdiction over 8 towns, 7 villages and a population of 430,000.
The county was set up in
Tang Dynastyin 741AD. Since Zhuxi, one of the famous scholars in China, lived there, it is also called "the town of the former worthy".
Communications and Public Works
Gutian has an advanced transportation system including railway, highway and seaway. Waifu(外福) Railway is 33.2 km and the
Minjiang River (Fujian)in this area is 35 km. The abundant hydroelectric power contributes to the building of the first national underground hydropower station. Gutian Xishui Hydroelectric Power Station, which currently is the largest volume in the Huadong district, is the first national underground hydropower station because of its abundant water resource.
Gutian mushrooms come the top of the national list and the town is called "the Land of Fungi"(食用菌之乡). Main specialties are tremellas(白木耳), fragrant mushrooms(香菇), perches(鲈鱼), carps(鲤鱼), honey peaches(水蜜桃), reddish slab stones(桃花红石板材), Younai plum(油柰) and so on.
There are scenic spots such as "the Thousand-year-old Auspicious tower"(吉祥塔)," the Xishan Academy of Classical Learning"(溪山书院) where Zhuxi once taught," the Linshui Palace"(临水宫), "the Temple of Paradise"(极乐寺) and "the Green Screen Lake"(翠屏湖).
Gutian is a famous hometown of countrymen residing abroad. The number of overseas Chinese from this area amounts to more than 200,000, many traced to Sitiawan, Perak in Malaysia. It is also a national model county, which is famous for its culture, physical education and broadcasting TV programs.
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