: Jìnjiāng; POJ
: Chìn-kang) is a county-level city
of Quanzhou Municipality
. It is located in the southeastern part of the province, on the right or south bank of the Jin River
, across from Quanzhou
's urban district
. Jinjiang city also borders the Taiwan Strait
of the East China Sea
to the south, and Quanzhou's other county-cities of Shishi
to the east and west, respectively.
Jinjiang is known for the large number of foreign-invested factories which operate there, especially clothing and name-brand footwear. Despite appalling sweatshop
conditions, many migrant labourers come from around and even outside the province to commit themselves to year-long contracts.
Jinjiang people speak the Quanzhou variant of Minnan dialect which is intelligible with Xiamen or Taiwan's variant. Like everywhere in China, Jinjiang people use Mandarin to communicate with non local people, commerce and during their daily life.
Jinjiang is the site of the Quanzhou Airport, a gift from Lai Changxing (see below). The facility is of international standard but is kept domestic because the province has been allotted only two international airports, one in the capital Fuzhou and one in nearby Xiamen.
Jinjiang in the News
Jinjiang's most infamous son is undoubtedly Lai Changxing
who has been described by the official Xinhua news agency as "China's most wanted fugitive". Lai was a major player in the Xiamen-centred Yuanhua
corruption and smuggling scandal which broke in 1999
. Tipped off by China's central police leadership, Lai fled to Canada
on fake Hong Kong SAR
documents with his wife Zeng (often Tsang) Mingna and their children. He was eventually detained on Canadian immigration charges and put under house arrest at his home in Burnaby
, British Columbia